Exclusive: Historic churches in peril as metal thefts soar

| September 7, 2011

Published on Wednesday 7 September 2011 06:56

Churches across Yorkshire are facing multi-million pound repair bills as thieves increasingly target them for lead and other materials, the Yorkshire Post has discovered.

Insurance claims totalling £6m have been submitted in the past few years with the scale of the problem is so widespread that church leaders fear for the future of some places of worship.

Figures obtained by the Yorkshire Post from Ecclesiastical insurance show almost 1,500 insurance claims were made for metal theft from Anglican churches in Yorkshire from 2007 to date, the total cost of which was just over £4.5m.

Methodist churches in Yorkshire have also been hit hard, making just over 1,400 claims since 2007, costing £2.2m, according to Ecclesiastical.

This year has already seen more than 500 insurance claims for metal theft from Anglican and Methodist churches. Nationally, Ecclesiastical has received 8,900 claims for metal theft since 2007, at an estimated cost of £24m.

Churches, some of which have served parishes for centuries, are being picked clean of lead and other metals, leaving water to pour in and damaging the fabric of the historic buildings.



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