Police plea for help against lead thefts

Rev Ian Walters and churchwarden Betty Dakers with a new security bollard fitted at St Margaret's, Quadring, to prevent would-be thieves gaining nearer access with vehicles. Photo: SG130711-56MD
Rev Ian Walters and churchwarden Betty Dakers with a new security bollard fitted at St Margaret's, Quadring, to prevent would-be thieves gaining nearer access with vehicles. Photo: SG130711-56MD
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COMMUNITIES are being called upon to help police fight against ongoing lead thefts from church roofs.

Since January 50 churches across Lincolnshire have been targeted in about 60 separate instances of lead theft.

Officers are now asking the public to take responsibility for these heritage buildings and to take an active interest in suspicious activity in their village or town. They would like to hear of all suspicious activity near churches, with detailed descriptions of people and cars.

Chief Insp Mark Housley said: “We are calling for the public to take a real interest in the security of their local church.

“We all have a responsibility and a role to play in making our communities safe and if we work together we can make a real impact on this issue.

“The key here is early reporting in terms of descriptions of people and cars, particularly registration plates. We want you to act on your instincts and report any activity you think is out of the ordinary, you won’t be wasting our time – your information could lead to the arrests we need.

“Stealing a large amount of lead takes time and a reasonably large vehicle to transport it – it’s not a five minute job so let’s all be on the lookout for them.”

In the last year hundreds of private homes, schools, colleges, libraries, doctors’ surgeries and even a crematorium have been targeted by criminals in Lincolnshire.