Weymouth church suffers second lead theft in two years

Dorset Echo: THEFT: St Aldhem's Church in Spa road at Radipole THEFT: St Aldhem's Church in Spa road at Radipole

THIEVES have stolen lead flashing from a Weymouth church that has suffered two similar attacks in the past two years.

Three batches of two-metre lengths of leadwork were taken from under windows in the overnight raid at St Aldhelm’s Church in Spa Road at Radipole.

Team rector the Reverend Ian Hobbs said it was the third time the church had been targeted since 2010.

He said: “We’ve had two previous lead thefts. In February this year, three people were caught for doing exactly the same kind of stuff.

“That happened in the early hours of the morning but they were caught because somebody saw them.”

He added: “This causes a lot of work for our church warden and is costly for the church community. It’s symptomatic of something sad in our society.”

The theft occurred between 9pm on Tuesday, October 16 and 8am on Wednesday, October 17.

In 2010, a teenager was sentenced by Weymouth magistrates to 120 hours of community work after assisting two friends in stealing 88kg of lead from the church roof.

Church warden David Turnball told the court at the time that such a theft could have caused untold damage if it had rained, and disruption to services.

A Dorset Police spokesman said: “Between 9pm on October 16 and 8am on October 17, unknown offenders stole three, two-metre lengths of lead flashing, from under the windows of the church.”

The raid comes as shops and businesses begin to suffer lead thefts, along with churches across Dorset.

Anyone with information about the theft at St Aldhelm’s can contact Dorset Police on 101, quoting crime number 43640.

Thieves More Desperate A NUMBER of churches, schools and businesses have fallen victim to lead thefts over the past two years.

A shop in South Street in Dorchester had lead stolen. It was taken between 6pm on Wednesday, September 26 and 11am on Thursday, September 27.

Lead has also been stripped from top of the vestry of the 13th-century St Mary’s Church and from St Nicholas’ Church in Sydling St Nicholas.

Lead was stolen from Prince Charles’s dream development at Poundbury in Dorchester.

All Saints Church, at Wyke Regis in Weymouth, and St Nicholas’ Church in Abbotsbury have also been targeted.

Thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused to the roof of Dorchester YMCA by lead thieves.

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2:08pm Mon 22 Oct 12

PortlandYoof says...

Just a thought, but if you've had the lead stolen TWICE before, why the hell do you insist on putting more back on? I think serious questions need to be asked about just why lead was refitted when other alternatives are available? (Fibreglass, GRP, etc).
Just a thought, but if you've had the lead stolen TWICE before, why the hell do you insist on putting more back on? I think serious questions need to be asked about just why lead was refitted when other alternatives are available? (Fibreglass, GRP, etc). PortlandYoof
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2:55pm Mon 22 Oct 12

wessex-andy says...

I tend to agree with PorttlandYoof, but I'm not too sure about mentioning Hell in connection with this. Except maybe that is where the culprit will be heading.
I tend to agree with PorttlandYoof, but I'm not too sure about mentioning Hell in connection with this. Except maybe that is where the culprit will be heading. wessex-andy
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11:38pm Mon 22 Oct 12

snowleopard says...

Need to find the scrap merchants who take it.
Maybe proof of identity and address should be checked before accepting lead.
Need to find the scrap merchants who take it. Maybe proof of identity and address should be checked before accepting lead. snowleopard
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12:57pm Tue 23 Oct 12

PortlandYoof says...

All scrapyards are supposed to ask for it, snowleopard. Time to crack down on the ones that DONT!
All scrapyards are supposed to ask for it, snowleopard. Time to crack down on the ones that DONT! PortlandYoof
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