Lead stolen from church building
METAL thieves have struck at a city church building – stripping lead flashing from the roof of a toilet block and hall.
Westgate Church in Westgate, Peterborough, was targeted between May 28 at 9pm and June 7 at 6pm.
After water was spotted dripping though the ceiling of the ladies’ toilet, it was found that 22 metres of lead had been stolen from the flat roof of the building adjoining the church.
Rev Kerry Tankard said the cost of replacing the lead had not been worked out yet but builders would be arriving in the next few days.
He said: “It is the first time we have been targeted. Metal thefts seemed to have dropped off because prices had gone down, but they seem to have picked up again. The flashing was around 22 metres long, but the strip wasn’t very broad.
“It is rather frustrating because we are going to have to replace it. Even with insurance, we will have to pay additional money out.
“The good thing is there are new materials now that function like lead but are completely worthless to thieves.”