Tile thieves strike at Ashton Keynes church five times

Parishioners at a Wiltshire church have been left thinking of new ways to stop valuable roof tiles being stolen after thieves struck for the fifth time.

Cotswold tiles worth about £100,000 have been stolen from Holy Cross church at Ashton Keynes this year.

The church is now considering filling the gaps with cheaper tiles or marking them with dye.

Church warden David Clover said the thefts were not only a serious crime but desecrating a holy monument.

"I just feel saddened when I come down every morning to unlock the church," he said.

"It's not what one expects in this part of Wiltshire."

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