Thieves steal lead from roof of St Mary’s Church in Alne

York Press: The Reverend Chris Park surveys the ceiling of the St Mary’s Church, Alne, which was damaged after thieves stole lead from the roof The Reverend Chris Park surveys the ceiling of the St Mary’s Church, Alne, which was damaged after thieves stole lead from the roof

THE roof and guttering of a 12th-century North Yorkshire church could be replaced with stainless steel after thieves stripped lead from the building.

St Mary’s Church in Alne was targeted by vandals who peeled lead from gutters and stole drainage pipes, before being disturbed and getting away.

The vicar, the Reverend Chris Park, said he did not know how much the lead was worth, but the amount stolen ran the length of part of the church.

He said: “The chancel is all lead and they’ve stolen the gutters on the south side and some of the downpipes. It looks like they’ve started to roll it up and been disturbed.

"The gutter is a couple of feet wide and about the length of the chance. This happened and then it rained and so we’re still finding damp in the church because the rain just falls on to the stone then drips into the church.”

Following the theft, Mr Park said alternatives to replacing the lead had to be considered to prevent further thefts.

“The builders who look after us have sealed the building so we’re not in danger of getting wet, but we're waiting to get it repaired and we will probably do that with stainless steel. We’re looking to change the whole roof to that as it’s not as valuable to thieves.

"I imagine they parked a van at the bottom of the church path and made off with it. It’s a small quiet village so there wouldn’t have been many people around at 1am or 2am. It’s frustrating. We’re looking to have it repaired and we will have to replace the whole roof sooner or later, but it’s a blow.

“We use Smart Water, an invisible liquid that shows under ultra-violet (UV) light and contains a unique forensic fingerprint on it, so in theory it will show up if sold on.”

Mr Park said he was concerned further security measures such as CCTV could alter the church’s appearance. You’re starting to get into the territory of this being a peaceful house of God, not somewhere like a shopping mall where people get mugged, so I don’t know that we’re going to do.”

Anyone who saw suspicious vehicles in the area should phone North Yorkshire Police on 101.

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11:50am Mon 23 Dec 13

muckybutt says...

Awful when places of heritage like this get targeted by pikeys.

I would have thought fibreglass would be a better option than stainless steel as at least it can be coloured to suit and is completely worthless.

Hope the smartwater catches the scum that did this.
Awful when places of heritage like this get targeted by pikeys. I would have thought fibreglass would be a better option than stainless steel as at least it can be coloured to suit and is completely worthless. Hope the smartwater catches the scum that did this. muckybutt

1:21pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Brighouse Lad says...

Its a shame that people feel the need to do this, especially to a church. The repairs will cost many more times than the actual price of the lead stolen. We need stiffer penalties for the culprets and the scrap yards that buy the stolen goods.
Its a shame that people feel the need to do this, especially to a church. The repairs will cost many more times than the actual price of the lead stolen. We need stiffer penalties for the culprets and the scrap yards that buy the stolen goods. Brighouse Lad

5:09pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Daisy75 says...

I think someone has developed a plastic or fibreglass alternative that looks the same, weighs less and is much cheaper.
I think someone has developed a plastic or fibreglass alternative that looks the same, weighs less and is much cheaper. Daisy75

7:15pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Oyy you says...

muckybutt wrote:
Awful when places of heritage like this get targeted by pikeys.

I would have thought fibreglass would be a better option than stainless steel as at least it can be coloured to suit and is completely worthless.

Hope the smartwater catches the scum that did this.
How do you know they were pikeys as you call them. There are tossers in all walks of life. A bit like yourself......
[quote][p][bold]muckybutt[/bold] wrote: Awful when places of heritage like this get targeted by pikeys. I would have thought fibreglass would be a better option than stainless steel as at least it can be coloured to suit and is completely worthless. Hope the smartwater catches the scum that did this.[/p][/quote]How do you know they were pikeys as you call them. There are tossers in all walks of life. A bit like yourself...... Oyy you

2:36am Tue 24 Dec 13

Magicman! says...

Daisy75 wrote:
I think someone has developed a plastic or fibreglass alternative that looks the same, weighs less and is much cheaper.
Indeed... every house on the private end of Byland Avenue and Friars Walk has it fitted to their roofs, it was done a few years ago after chavs went along and nicked the lead of more-or-less every single house (the ones that didn't get targeted apparently swapped lead for the new stuff before it was nicked)... I know as we had somebody who lived there and got the lead stolen, the night before it rained - the rain ruining the ceiling and the table inside.
[quote][p][bold]Daisy75[/bold] wrote: I think someone has developed a plastic or fibreglass alternative that looks the same, weighs less and is much cheaper.[/p][/quote]Indeed... every house on the private end of Byland Avenue and Friars Walk has it fitted to their roofs, it was done a few years ago after chavs went along and nicked the lead of more-or-less every single house (the ones that didn't get targeted apparently swapped lead for the new stuff before it was nicked)... I know as we had somebody who lived there and got the lead stolen, the night before it rained - the rain ruining the ceiling and the table inside. Magicman!

9:44am Tue 24 Dec 13

twotonethomas says...

Surely god saw who did it.
Surely god saw who did it. twotonethomas

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