More metal thefts from Havering churches

Police are appealing to find the crooks who stole a section of metal from a Rainham Methodist church.

The thieves targeted the Elm Park Methodist church, in Freebourne Road, overnight on October 4 and 5, taking a strip of the lead roofing.

The thieves probably climbed scaffolding to get to the roof, a member of the church told the Recorder.

The church is joined to flats which have also had some lead taken.

The cost of the damage is as yet unknown.


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Lead was also stolen from the roof of another church in the area.

Thieves took a section from the Chase Cross Baptist Church, in Chase Cross Road, Collier Row, between October 1 and 5.

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“Someone from the shop next door noticed part of the roof was missing,” said Rev Anthony Gill.

He added: “It’s only a bit of lead. There are more serious things to worry about. It’s just an inconvenience.

The roof will be repaired with a cheaper, non-lead material.

Due to the rising price of lead, thefts have increased.

Anyone with information regarding the thefts, should contact Romford police on 101.

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