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Church roof theft "epidemic"

Anglican churches are being ransacked in increasing numbers by organised gangs who steal scrap metal to sell abroad. Six churches a day are being targeted to meet the soaring demand for lead and copper, particularly in China. Ecclesiastical Insurance, which covers 95% of Anglican churches, has received more than 2,000 claims in 2007 in contrast to 80 claims in 2005. Lead roofing is the usual target but statues, church bells and copper lightening conductors are also being taken. Speaking ...