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Police issue warning following lead thefts

Following two incidents of theft of lead from church roofs in Warwickshire and an attempted incident where offenders got onto the roof, but an alarm went off and the offenders left empty handed; Warwickshire Police are asking all places of worship to be vigilant, review their present security and ask people living nearby to report any suspicious activity.

As well as the recent incidents at Newbold, Willoughby and Wootton Wawen, theft of lead from church roofs has also been reported in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire near our border.

If you have any information that can help the police with their enquiries on the thefts in our area please ring 101 and refer to the following incident numbers, alternatively you can contact us online at

  • Inc 73 of 6/8/18 - Attempted theft from Wootton Wawen
  • Inc 137 of 20/8/18 - Theft of lead in Willoughby
  • Inc 259 of 27/5/18 - Theft of lead in Newbold on Avon.

If you would like advice on improving security at your place of worship please see the attached advice sheet and if you would like a visit contact or


Posted by Carol Cotterill, Rural Crime Officer 

Published 06/09/18