Counting the cost of lead thefts

POLICE in New Mills are investigating after a number of lead thefts have been reported during the past month.

A resident of St James Square discovered that lead flashing had been taken from the roof of their home on Saturday July 2.

Lead has also been reported stolen from New Mills Town Hall and it is believed offenders have tried to steal what was thought to be lead flashing from New Mills School and Sixth Form Centre.

PCSO Lee Baker, of the New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “If anyone has seen anything suspicious around these areas during the past month, or has any information about the incidents, please contact us.

“It can be costly to replace and for repairs so we are doing what we can to find those responsible, but we need the help of the community.”

Residents can help to deter thieves by considering crime prevention methods such as: installing fencing or gates to help keep gardens secure; using gravel for pathways or driveways which is noisier to walk along; fitting motion sensor lighting and considering CCTV. People can also security mark metal on their homes using specialist DNA coded substances.

Anyone with information should contact Derbyshire police on 0345 123 33 33 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.