A churchgoer in Lincoln has offered a total of £4,000 to St Botolph’s Church this morning (Friday) – £2,000 to replace the stolen floodlights and £2,000 as a reward for helping catch the offenders.
Peter Sherlock called the Breakfast Show with Scott Dalton and Carla George this morning to offer the money after hearing about the incidents.
He told the hosts: “I’m a churchgoer myself at St Giles, in Lincoln, and I feel upset that the church is being persecuted in this way.”
He added: “It’s the least I can do, we need to have the Stump as a shining beacon in the countryside.”
Boston Stump’s Rev Alyson Buxton said: “I just can’t believe it Peter, thank you so much. It means so much to us.”
The theft of the lights had thrown a planned switch-on on November 1, All Souls Day, into doubt, however Mrs Buxton said the donation meant they would work to progress as planned.
She added that the plan was to offer hot dogs and gather everyone outside the church at around 7pm to watch the switch on.
Mr Sherlock’s reward money of £2,000 will apply to anyone who leads to a successful prosecution in relation to the incident.
Hosts Scott and Carla said the donation ‘restored your faith in humanity’.
The first LED light had been reported missing earlier this week when it was said that over the weekend two LEDs encased in a brick housing had been taken.
The grate over the housing had been removed and the two LED lights taken from their mountings leaving the two control boxes in place.
Subsequently, overnight on Monday, one of the control boxes was also taken.
Yesterday (Thursday), it was reported that another LED had been found to be missing and the church made the decision to dismantle all the lights and put them into secure storage for safe-keeping.
Lincolnshire Police have been made aware of the thefts.
A force spokesman said two individuals are seen on bicycles in the area of the lights on CCTV, and police would like to speak to them as they might have important information about the incident.
Anyone with information should call the police non-emergency number 101.