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January 3, 2012

Church metal theft hits all-time high

by Gill Montia

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Chelmsford Diocese has topped the league for the worst place in the UK for theft of lead and other valuable metals from churches.

According to Ecclesiastical, churches across the diocese made over 90 claims with the insurer in 2011, while the dioceses of Lincoln and Lichfield took joint second place with over 80 claims each.

Overall, 2011 has become the worst year on record for theft of metal from churches – at 2,500, total claims surpassed Ecclesiastical’s previous 2008 high of 2,400.

The figures come as a new survey by the charity insurer suggests “overwhelming” support from the public for tougher laws on metal theft.

Two-thirds of those questioned want changes in the law to make it harder for criminals to sell stolen metals to scrap dealers, while 50% of respondents want tougher sentencing for criminals convicted of stealing metal from churches.

The findings also suggest metal theft has had a direct affect on the lives of almost one-fifth of UK adults, in terms its impact on churches, transport and utility infrastructure.

Ecclesiastical’s direct insurance services director, John Coates, comments: “We believe it’s important that the government takes note of this mood and takes immediate action to tighten up the law, particularly the Scrap Metal Dealers Act of 1964.”

 

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