Church metal theft cases reach record high in 2011

| January 1, 2012

The past year saw the most claims made by churches for metal theft, an insurance firm says.

Ecclesiastical said more than 2,500 claims were made in 2011, surpassing the previous highest figure of more than 2,400 in 2008.

Chelmsford Diocese in Essex was the worst-hit place in the UK, according to Ecclesiastical, which is the main Church of England insurer.

More than 90 metal theft claims were received from churches in that area.

Ecclesiastical says the dioceses of Lincoln and Lichfield in the Midlands were the second and third worst affected, with both making more than Although last year saw the highest number of claims, the value of claims has been higher in previous years.

According to a survey carried out for the insurer, there is support from the public for a toughening up of the legislation on metal theft.

 

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