01:15AM, Monday 23 December 2013
Copper thieves struck on three consecutive nights at a church.
They took sections of copper from the roof of a covered walkway at the High Street Methodist Church.
It was targeted on Monday, December 9 and on the two following evenings.
The walkway leads into the church from King Street.
Church property steward, Roger Neal, said the decorative copper is only worth up to £200 but the labour costs of getting it replaced could be 'in excess of £10,000'.
The church is in the process of opening a homeless shelter in neighbouring Kingsway House and hopes to open on cold nights early next year.
Paying to replace the copper will put a huge dent in its coffers.
A kitchen and bedrooms are being installed.
Roger added: "It is all damaging the church's funds.”
Police are investigating.
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