Leicester

Cracked Leicester church spire 'could collapse'

Cracked church spire
Image caption Church bosses want to replace more than 500 stones in the spire

Church leaders have warned the spire of one of Leicester's oldest churches could collapse unless £500,000 is raised for repairs.

Several large cracks have appeared in brickwork at the 900-year-old St Mary de Castro Church, on Castle View.

The spire has been reinforced with steel bands but experts say a more extensive repair is needed, involving more than 500 stones being replaced.

Fundraising plans include asking people to "sponsor a stone".

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