Six new bells at Suffolk church for Christmas

A village in Suffolk has received replacement bells for its church after three originals and three new ones were stolen from a foundry.

Bells from St John the Baptist church in Campsea Ashe were being restored and new ones cast at a foundry in Dorset when they were stolen last September.

Six newly cast replacements are to be hung in the church tower this week in time for Christmas.

Bell ringer Tim Holmes said the village was "delighted".

"I awoke this morning hoping the lorry would be on its way and the bells would arrive safely and it arrived at lunchtime," he said.

"The village is delighted the bells are back where they should be.

"It's been three years hard work for a lot of people to get the bells back.

"To think that the people of Campsea Ashe can now hear them is a wonderful feeling."

The bell thieves were never caught but the investigation is continuing, police said.

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