Jump directly to the content

Gang Members Arrested for Church of England Metal-Stealing Spree

Theft reports down 60 percent after 'Voice of God' alarms installed on church roofs.

Six men have been arrested in connection to a string of thefts that inflicted £1 million of damage on churches in northern England. Their stolen goods of choice? Valuable lead from church roofs.

The men are believed to be "Britain's most prolific church lead theft gang," according to the Daily Telegraph, which also reported that the gang's earnings from the stolen scrap metal topped nearly £70,000. Yet damages–not only to churches' roofs, but also to property wrecked in the process–will cost "more than 14 times that amount."

Last year, the Telegraph reported more than 1,000 incidents of metal theft at churches per week, prompting calls for the scrap metal industry to clean up its act.

But churches also installed "Voice of God" roof alarms late this year, hoping to scare away potential thieves. According to the Anglican Communion News Service, the alarms may have worked: Theft claims were down 60 percent after the alarms were installed.

CT previously noted the rash of church metal thefts in February.

Related Topics:Crime
Posted:December 19, 2012 at 6:40AM
Gleanings aggregates what others are reporting. Learn more.
Recent Posts
Pope Francis Apologizes for Pentecostal Persecution, But Italy's Evangelicals Remain Wary
A 'near totality' warn U.S. evangelicals (and others) against becoming too friendly with the Catholic Church.
Another 'Stained Glass Ceiling' Shatters: CCCU Picks First Female President
Calvin College leader brings legal savvy to the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
Leading Rabbi Nominated as First Non-Christian Religious Freedom Ambassador
Obama nomination of David Saperstein will require strong Senate support.
IRS to Atheists: Okay, We'll Investigate Pulpit Freedom Sunday Pastors
Tax agency and FFRF announce settlement, but Milwaukee church disputes the lawsuit's dismissal.
Christianity Today
Gang Members Arrested for Church of England Metal-Stealing Spree