POLICE patrols are to be stepped up in three villages after more than \u00A348,000 worth of lead was stolen from church roofs since the start of the year. Since January 9 churches in Old Weston, Great Staughton and Ickleton have been targeted. Police are urging the community to remain vigilant to try to prevent any further lead thefts. A police spokesman said: "Communities need to be aware and on the look out for any suspicious behaviour surrounding their local churches. "If anyone notices anything unusual, please contact police as soon as possible. "All neighbourhood watch co-ordinators and community police officers have been made aware, and extra patrols will be carried out in affected areas. Investigations are taking place into each theft." INFORMATION: Anyone with information should contact police on 0845 4564564 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.