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English Heritage in dispute with churches over metal theft

The soaring level of metal theft has led to a dispute between English Heritage and churches over how best to preserve historic buildings.More than £1 million worth of metal a month is stolen from churches by organised gangs. Thieves strip lead from roofs which they can sell to scrap dealers and cash in on high metal prices. Many churches are now replacing stolen lead with cheaper alternatives, like felt or stainless steel, to make it less tempting to thieves.