Thursday , October 6 2022

Churches in Wiltshire are devastated. Once targeted by thieves roof


Funders remained "Russians" and "morals" after thieves stole the roofs to lead from a number of ancient churches in Wiltshire – a crime that is rising nationally.

"They just raised the final amount of money to start the repair work, the scaffolding went up, we're in the middle, and then all the transport is stolen – we're so poisoned," said Reverend Dr. Colin Haber Percy.

The local Church of St Michael's Church in the 13th century in Tidcombe was focused on the evening of 10 October. A gang, armed with Stanley knives, climbed scaffolding and blew up about 20 tons of metal within an hour.

While the scaffolding was for essential maintenance work, the lead was not insured.

Community members left & # 39; Broken heart & # 39;
Members of the community remained "heartbroken"

He thought it would bring £ 5,000 to $ 6,000 when sold as scrap for cash, but replacement repairs would cost £ 50,000 to £ 60,000.

Rev Heber-Percy said people were "heartbroken" and added: "I think it's one of those things that people may not be aware of – these structures are paid, maintained and loved by the community, not by the Church of England."

Many scrapyards follow the law and not buy metal for cash, and insist on the ID – but others ignore the rules.

The Reverend Dr. Colin Haber-Percy said his church was being guarded by the community
The Reverend Dr. Colin Haber-Percy said his church was being guarded by the community

"What we need is for the industry to go up and tell us, we know what's going on, we have to ask the questions, we know what comes through our gate and if it comes despite our gate, we have to warn the authorities and not take it, Said former police officer Robin Edwards.

"There is no requirement under the legislation to basically ask where the material came from so if you go to a scrap dealer with any material they see that opportunity to make some money so that they will not ask the question – they will take it not asked questions.

Churches are easy targets, often in isolated rural locations, with little people around and little or no surveillance.

Metal thefts in churches have increased by a third over the past two years, with an average of 37 cases per month in the UK.

The lead was also stolen from the roof of St. Nicholas. Beidon Church
The lead was also stolen from the roof of St. Nicholas Church in Baydoon

In Baydoon, a few days after the theft at Tedcom, the lead was stolen from the roof of St. Nicholas Church and left around £ 35,000.

The community is already trying to raise half a million liras for repairs to preserve the building from the 12th century.

"We had water in the beams in our heads," said the headmaster, Tina Evans. "It was liquid on a tarpaulin, on the floor, the whole floor was covered with buckets, wipers and things.

"We are Russians, we are working hard, everyone is putting heart and soul to collect money … We reported it, we had a crime number, but we did not visit the police, no questions, it's a pity, a country village. to them".

Former police officer Robin Edwards called the junk business,
Former police officer Robin Edwards called for scrap metal business to "step up"

The Wiltshire Police said that the entire Church of Saints in all of Cunningham and St. John's Church in Posey also led to cuttings from roofs last month.

Detective Constable Sarris Powell said: "We keep an open mind about whether all these events are linked and our tests are ongoing, we check all possible CCTV segments from each region, and ask each of them to contact us via 101.

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