Earthquake cracks church steeple

WALTHAM church is counting the cost of the earthquake after serious cracks appeared in the steeple.

Thirty foot cracks were spotted at St Mary Magdalene on Thursday forcing church authorities to cordon off the 13th Century building and its churchyard while attempts are made to secure the stone structure.

Activities, including a special Mother's Day service, have been moved for the foreseeable future.

Debris, discovered by bell ringers on Thursday morning, had fallen into the church and damaged some of the bells.

Reverend Beverley Stark said temporary scaffolding would be erected to hold the steeple up. The full extent of the damage could then be assessed.

One person was injured in Wednesday's earthquake which was centred on Market Rasen in Lincolnshire. It measured 5.2 on the Richter scale.