Lead thieves force closure of church

| June 3, 2010

Lead thieves have inflicted thousands of pounds of damage on a Haworth church.

The minister of West Lane Methodist Church, the Rev Alf Waite, said the criminals took about £1,000 worth of lead from the building’s guttering.

But the cost of the damage caused by water getting into the church could total £4,000. He said “The amount of harm done has been unbelievable. With the lead gone and the recent weather, water has got into the communion area of the church and into the vestry. We’ve had to close the church because water also got into the electrics.”

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said officers were aware of the theft and were investigating.

The incident comes just a couple of months after lead was stolen from Haworth Parish Church. The village’s community centre, in Butt Lane, has also been targeted.

The theft at West Lane Methodist Church happened less than two weeks after the chairman of Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council appealed to people to help stop thieves taking lead and stone.

Mr Waite said he understood the lead was taken from his church over the weekend of May 22 and 23.



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