Thieves target lead on church roof

Thieves target lead on church roof

VANDALISM: Lead stolen from the roof of St Andrew's Church, Preston

COUNTING THE COST: The Reverend Tim West

First published in News

A VICAR is counting the cost after thieves stole lead from the roof of his church.

St Andrews Church, in Preston, has been damaged by water leaking through the part of the roof the lead was taken from.

Reverend Tim West said he noticed the damage after heavy rain hit the area.

He said: “The downpour made it quite clear something was going on.

“We have got waterproofing up there to protect us from any further leaks.

“There’s been water damage on the inside of the building.”

Rev Tim West said ‘about three strips’ of lead had been taken from the south aisle of the church, with no visible damage from the outside.

He added: “The church building means so much to people over the years because of all the events that have taken place.

“It’s a mystery why someone should cause so much damage for a little money.

“On the second hand market, it’s probably worth about £100 .”

Police believe the lead was stolen between midnight on February 28 and 6.30pm on March 2.

A long line of thefts from churches in the county took place towards the end of 2012.

Three strips were taken from St Mary’s Church in Frampton in April, after the church was targeted for a second time.

Churches in Stinsford, Broadwindsor, Symondsbury and Powerstock were also raided in the same year.

Dorset Police recently carried out a successful operation to tackle criminals involved in metal theft and the disposal of stolen goods.

Officers from Dorset Police and the Environment Agency staged stop-checks last Friday at Ferndown Industrial Estate targeting those involved.

The procedure was part of Operation Tornado, a nationwide initiative which aims to reduce metal theft.

Detective Sergeant Mark Jenkins said: “Operation Tornado is an ongoing nationwide operation which Dorset Police is supporting.

“The ultimate aim of the operation is to reduce the amount of metal stolen and sold at scrap metal dealers.”

If anyone has any information relating to the latest incident involving St Andrews Church, please contact Dorset Police on 101 or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting Crime Number 008721.

Alternatively, people can contact the church directly on 01305 837 147.

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7:18am Wed 12 Mar 14

cosmick says...

This is old news. HAPPENED A WHILE AGO.
This is old news. HAPPENED A WHILE AGO. cosmick
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7:21am Wed 12 Mar 14

ducatiwidow says...

It's about time they started wiring the lead up to the mains ...they could blame the resulting yob smouldering in the graveyard on divine intervention, a bolt of lightning from above ;-)
It's about time they started wiring the lead up to the mains ...they could blame the resulting yob smouldering in the graveyard on divine intervention, a bolt of lightning from above ;-) ducatiwidow
  • Score: 11

11:25am Wed 12 Mar 14

February1948 says...

Surely it's about time the trustees of churches, and other listed buildings stopped caving into organisations such as English Heritage etc., and started to replace the stolen lead with other materials that aren't worth anything on the scrap market? They would do the same job as the lead, can be made to look very similar, and would save a fortune in insurance premiums etc., whilst at the same time protecting the interiors. No-one, and nothing, will ever stop these thieves; never have, and never will.
Surely it's about time the trustees of churches, and other listed buildings stopped caving into organisations such as English Heritage etc., and started to replace the stolen lead with other materials that aren't worth anything on the scrap market? They would do the same job as the lead, can be made to look very similar, and would save a fortune in insurance premiums etc., whilst at the same time protecting the interiors. No-one, and nothing, will ever stop these thieves; never have, and never will. February1948
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1:58pm Wed 12 Mar 14

wowfood says...

February1948 wrote:
Surely it's about time the trustees of churches, and other listed buildings stopped caving into organisations such as English Heritage etc., and started to replace the stolen lead with other materials that aren't worth anything on the scrap market? They would do the same job as the lead, can be made to look very similar, and would save a fortune in insurance premiums etc., whilst at the same time protecting the interiors. No-one, and nothing, will ever stop these thieves; never have, and never will.
I can imagine a lot of thieves not paying any attention and trying to steal it anyway, then just dumping it when they realize. Same damage done, just the thieves getting less out of it. A bit like the number of times London has lost fibre broadband because people cut the fibre expecting to find copper. Damage is still done.
[quote][p][bold]February1948[/bold] wrote: Surely it's about time the trustees of churches, and other listed buildings stopped caving into organisations such as English Heritage etc., and started to replace the stolen lead with other materials that aren't worth anything on the scrap market? They would do the same job as the lead, can be made to look very similar, and would save a fortune in insurance premiums etc., whilst at the same time protecting the interiors. No-one, and nothing, will ever stop these thieves; never have, and never will.[/p][/quote]I can imagine a lot of thieves not paying any attention and trying to steal it anyway, then just dumping it when they realize. Same damage done, just the thieves getting less out of it. A bit like the number of times London has lost fibre broadband because people cut the fibre expecting to find copper. Damage is still done. wowfood
  • Score: 1

8:21am Thu 13 Mar 14

MaidofDorset says...

Aren't new laws were in place to stop thieves flogging their ill gotten scrap metal for cash? That the registered scrap metal merchants had to pay them by cheque etc. so they paid tax?

Someone local has made a career choice of robbing lead off local church roofs. They get £300 cash in hand the Church has to pay £3000 on repairs.
Aren't new laws were in place to stop thieves flogging their ill gotten scrap metal for cash? That the registered scrap metal merchants had to pay them by cheque etc. so they paid tax? Someone local has made a career choice of robbing lead off local church roofs. They get £300 cash in hand the Church has to pay £3000 on repairs. MaidofDorset
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