Lead stolen from church build­ing

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

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.”

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