Thieves target Oxfordshire church for second time

image captionStone slates were taken from the church roof.

An Oxfordshire church has been targeted by thieves for the second time in four months.

Last February around £40,000-worth of hand-cut stone slates were stripped from the roof of St Mary's in Longcot.

Rev Richard Hancock said thieves struck again on Thursday, causing even more damage while taking more slates.

He said the church was insured against the losses but added: "It's still a kick in the teeth for this to happen to this community twice."

"These tiles are quite valuable and it's become a real problem. Apart from it being a theft, it's also a desecration to a holy building," he said.

Thames Valley police are investigating the incident.

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