Students take action after West Sussex war memorial is vandalised

AT WORK George Morely and Alex Barnes repair the roof
AT WORK George Morely and Alex Barnes repair the roof

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PLUMBING students from Chichester College came to the rescue of a church in West Sussex after thieves stole metal from a war memorial.

George Morley, 21, and Alex Barnes, 18, were joined by their course tutor Garry Butcher when they visited St Nicholas Parish Church in Bramber to help replenish the memorial.

Two weeks earlier, thieves had broken in to the church grounds and desecrated the memorial.

When the students heard this they decided they had to do something – so they spent the morning replacing the lost leading, and donated all the material, time and labour for free.

The church was in very good hands as George, from Emsworth, has been doing roofing with his father for about five years, and Alex, from Chichester, has just started the lead module of his plumbing course.

Mr Butcher said: ‘We are pleased to have been able to help out in such unfortunate circumstances.

‘This kind of mindless vandalism is unacceptable and replacement and repairs are costly.’

The lead stolen is estimated to have a street value of about £20, but would cost up to £600 to replace.