Lead thefts spreading

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A FIRM that specialises in re-roofing historic buildings is being inundated with calls from residential and commercial property owners whose roofs have been stripped of lead.

Sheffield-based Martin-Brooks says it has been called out to an average three churches a month for the last three years, to deal with problems ranging from missing flashing to the complete removal of lead from large flat roofed areas.

Martin-Brooks director, Nick Brooks, said: “Whilst churches are bearing the brunt of metal theft, the problem is much more widespread and is having a significant impact on private owners of listed properties and organisations like English Heritage.

“Continued criminal activity will only result in increased use of alternative products and this will ultimately have a negative impact on the long-term cost of preserving these beautiful buildings.”