Posted on 1st May 2015
Residents in the Derbyshire Dale's are being encouraged to be on the lookout for suspicious activity around their local church.
Officers from the Tideswell, Litton, Baslow and Beeley Safer Neighbourhood Team are asking residents to be vigilant following an increase in suspicious activity and thefts from churches in the area.
Overnight, thieves climbed onto the roof of Bradley All Saints Church in Bradley, Ashbourne and made off with around £20,000 worth of lead from the building. The incident is believed to have taken place sometime between 5.15pm on Tuesday, April 28 and 8.30am on Wednesday, April 29.
Sometime between midnight on Monday, April 27 and midnight on Tuesday, April 28, thieves gained entry into St Mary's Church on Church Walk, Wirksworth. Once inside, silver items were stolen from a locked safe in the vestry.
PCSO Ian Phipps from the local Safer Neighbourhood Team said: "We are asking local residents to be mindful of anyone acting suspiciously around their community church.
"Residents are being encouraged to report anything that seems untoward to us so that we can help to stop a crime from happening."
Local people are also being encouraged to sign up to the dedicated Church Watch scheme to help to protect the buildings against thieves and vandals.
The initiative sees officers working closely with local residents to help to protect community church buildings from becoming targeted by criminals. Due to the low level of lighting, and often secluded surroundings, they can often be seen as an easy target.
To speak to the team or to find out more about the Church Watch scheme, call your local policing team on 101, or email at: Bakewell.firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also follow the team on Twitter for the latest news in your community: @TideswellSNT