Christmas theft from church in Saffron Walden puts visitors in danger

PUBLISHED: 09:00 06 January 2017 | UPDATED: 11:07 06 January 2017

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A churchwarden has called for thieves to "reconsider their actions" after a metal chain and sign was stolen from a Little Walden church just before Christmas.

The heavy duty chain and attached “Danger Steps” sign were taken from St John’s Church, in Little Walden Road, and will cost around £35 to replace.

Warden Richard Peet said: “This chain was put in place as part of the ongoing efforts to make the church and grounds a safe place to visit and worship.

“Its removal not only causes additional work to locate a replacement and to change the security of the chain, but it also endangers any visitor as the stone steps are steep.

“St John’s is a very small church, which supports the village, holding twice a month services, and while the extra cost of £35 might appear a relatively small amount, it has come at a time when the church has been incurring heavy costs for repairs and improvements to meet current health and safety legislation.

“We sincerely hope that the culprit might reconsider their actions and return the chain and sign.”

Any information can be reported to police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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