Police ‘winning lead theft fight’

LINCOLNSHIRE Police has claimed it is winning the fight against metal thefts which has gripped the county for several years.

Dozens of churches and other historic buildings have been targeted by thieves who strip the sites of their lead, copper and other metals to sell for scrap, causing structural issues and costly repairs for the owners of the buildings.

But following the force’s Operation Brompton, police have reported a reduction of almost 30 per cent in metal theft crime over the first six months of this year compared with the previous year.

Officers put the success down to raising awareness about the issue and initiatives to work with scrap metal dealers and members of the public to encourage them to report suspicious incidents.

Metal thefts in Boston have included St Nicholas and St Leodegars Churches.