Lincolnshire

Almost 200 places of worship broken into in Lincolnshire since 2016

Almost 200 places of worship have been broken into in Lincolnshire over the last two years.

A Freedom of Information request by Lincolnshire Reporter to Lincolnshire Police has revealed that 187 places of worship have been broken into in Lincolnshire since 2016, with almost 50 in Lincoln alone.

In 2016, 109 places of worship were broken into in Lincolnshire, with another 78 in 2017 so far.

For the city of Lincoln, 37 places of worship were broken into in 2016, with another 11 in 2017.

Items taken from these places range from birds and books, to cash and purses.

See what items were stolen from places of worship from across the county in 2016/17:

  • Badges/medals
  • Bicycle
  • Birds
  • Books
  • Bracelet/anklet
  • Bricks
  • Cash/valuables
  • Cellular/mobile phone
  • Charity box
  • Clothing
  • Donation Box
  • Drugs
  • Electricity
  • Electronic keyboard
  • Fastenings/Fixings
  • Flag
  • Floor coverings
  • Fuel
  • Glass
  • Groceries
  • Handbag
  • Keys
  • Laptop computer
  • Lead
  • Medical equipment
  • Musical instruments
  • Ornament/Crockery/Cutlery
  • Other beverages
  • Other jewellery
  • Other machinery/tool
  • Other musical instrument
  • PA System
  • Photographs
  • Plumbing materials
  • Pony-trap
  • Prescription drugs
  • Purse
  • Registration plate
  • Ring
  • Roof tiles
  • Roofing materials
  • Safe/cash box
  • Scrap metal
  • Security equipment
  • Signs
  • Smoker sundries
  • Speaker
  • Spectacles/lenses
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Wall safe
  • Wallet/billfold
  • Woodwind instrument

This information comes after St Botolph’s Church in Boston was targeted by thieves twice in less than a week, with suspects making off with charity collection tins and a historic donations box.

Thankfully, the historic donations box has now been returned and is back at Boston Stump.