Mystery as historic chapel key found

A unique key to a historic chapel which was  stolen during a break in at Leabrooks Cemetery has been found. The 8 inch cast steel alloy key was taken from the cemetery along with grounds maintenance equipment worth over £2,000 including  strimmers and leaf blowers which have not been recovered.

Following a media appeal last week, the key was found on Wednesday 28 September, hanging from a fence at the entrance to the cemetery. Councillor Jack Brown MBE announced the find at the Council's meeting and appealed to the people who returned the key to get in touch. " This is great news as we never imagined we'd see it again. We don't know if it was returned by the people who took, if it was someone else or, whether the thieves simply discarded it during the robbery, but it's worth a lot to the chapel and we're thrilled to have it back!"

The robbery took place between the evening of Wednesday 14 September and the early hours of Thursday 15 September from the cemetery located at the junction of Cemetery Lane, Bridle Lane and Albert Street.  It appears that a crowbar or similar tool was used to smash the pad lock to access to the store and the Chapel which dates back to around 1895.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact the police on 0345 123 3333 or Crime stoppers anonymously, 0800 555 111 or contact the council on 01773 841570 

Notes to editors

Photo opportunities are available with the recovered key on request.

For further information please contact Luke Barrett Communications Manager on 01773 841 655 or email

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