Attention requested to churches throughout Leicestershire and Rutland re metal thefts

Attention requested to churches throughout Leicestershire and Rutland re metal thefts.

Information received from the Northamptonshire Police that since June 2017, there have been 14 thefts/attempted thefts of lead or copper from roofs and the porches of churches in Northamptonshire (Peterborough Diocese).  On two occasions roof alarms were activated in the early hours, and one alarm was tampered with.

Given our history with this type of offence, it is reasonable to assume these thieves will move to our area.

Please pay attention to anyone behaving suspiciously near churches, particularly at night, and report this to Police on tel 101.  If it is believed a crime is in progress dial 999.  Please make a record of the registration mark of any unknown vehicles parked in the vicinity of churches.

Do not approach or try to confront persons involved.

These cases amount to Heritage Crime, and should be reported to other churches, together with any suspicious behaviour on the Rutland Smartphone app, but do not delay in reporting it on 101 or 999.

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