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Thieves aim high and target lead on Bacup roofs
8:00am Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
LEAD flashing and roof panels were stolen from three properties in Bacup.
A dozen tiles were from premises in Stiles Lane, between 5pm last Wednesday and 9am on Thursday.
More of the metal was lifted from a solicitors in Irwell Terrace during the same period.
The former Deerplay Inn in Burnley Road, near Weir, also had fixtures, fittings and roof tiles stolen.
Sgt Mark Taylor, of Rossendale Police, said the thefts cause unforeseen trouble for residents and businesses.
He said: “Often people notice lead has been stolen off their roofs when it rains and they get a leak, which can do a lot of damage.
“I would urge people, if you see someone climbing on the roof of a building, call the police, because often they won’t be just getting a ball back.
“Because of how much the metal costs and the desirability of it to thieves, less and less places are using lead, with the majority of properties with lead tiles being very old buildings.
“There are many cheap alternatives which do as good a job.”
Anyone who saw anything suspicious should call police on 101 and quote the reference number 867 15/8.
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