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Two more church lead roofs targeted in Rutland

By Mercury reporter

Two more church roofs have been attacked by thieves in Rutland in the latest round of lead thefts hitting the county.

The Church of St Nicholas and Stoke Dry near Uppingham have had their lead roofs targeted in the past two weeks, joining churches in Edith Weston, Hambleton, Empingham, Whitwell (twice), Glaston and Tinwell (twice) which have already been targeted earlier in the month.

Police are increasing patrols in a bid to tackle the problem.

Sergeant Darren Richardson from the Rutland Neighbourhood Team said: “We have increased police patrols in Rutland and the surrounding areas and continue to speak to local people about the importance of remaining vigilant and ask the public to report any suspicious activity to us immediately.

“All reports of lead theft are thoroughly investigated and all lines of enquiry will be pursued in relation to crime.

“Through our dedicated Heritage Watch scheme we work closely with church wardens across Rutland and help them with crime prevention advice and how to make their premises safe.”

Anyone who has information in relation to any of the lead thefts should call 101, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

In a bid to assist police combat the issue, Rutland Neighbourhood Watch has renewed its appeal for people to download its acclaimed free smartphone app which features links with a range of emergency services, as well as a means of passing and receiving crime-related information in the county.

Download the free app from the App store and Google Play.

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