A five figure reward has been offered by two sister dailies in a bid to catch lead thieves in the region they serve.
Since the announcement last week, which saw the Archant sister dailies pledge an initial £5,000 between them to the cause, businesses and readers have added to the tally total reward stand at £26,000.
Backers include Suffolk and Norfolk’s police and crime commissioners are each putting up £1,000, while another £2,000 has been pledged by the Bishop of Norwich, and by the Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, the Rt Rev Martin Seeley.
It is hoped more will come forward to pledge money to the total.
The EDP has also printed 1,000 posters in A2 and A3 size for readers to hang up on parish notice boards across East Anglia, warning lead thieves the police will be called if any suspicious activity is seen.
Readers can visit any of the EDP’s branch offices to pick up a free copy of the poster.
In a joint statement announcing the reward, Terry Hunt, editor of the EADT and Nigel Pickover, editor-in-chief of the EDP, said: “The EADT and EDP are proud to serve our great counties which are steeped in such wonderful history and heritage.
“But part of that rich heritage is under attack from criminals who are desecrating sacred Suffolk and Norfolk churches by stripping them of lead and causing untold damage in the process.
“These roof raiders are not just damaging the buildings, the church or the congregations that worship there but entire communities across Suffolk and Norfolk.”