Cathedral falls victim to lead thieves

Cathedral falls victim to lead thieves

Published by Mike Draper at 2:01pm 13th September 2019.

Salisbury's iconic building has been targeted amid a spate of high value metal thefts.

You are being urged to report any suspicious activity following a series of lead thefts at churches across Wiltshire.

Police say you need to be vigilant and contact them immediately if you see any suspicious activity.


In recent weeks, churches of all sizes across the county have been targeted including Salisbury Cathedral.

  • At Salisbury Cathedral, four 10 ft lead down pipes were stolen from the outside walls
  • Approximately £40,000 worth of lead was stolen from The Rectory, Zeals sometime between August 14 and 16.
  • At Christ Church in Warminster, over half the lead was removed from the church roof
  • Approximately six tonnes of lead was stolen from St James Church in Bratton
  • At Malmesbury Abbey, two sections of lead piping were stolen between August 15 and 16


Det Sgt Sam Hopkinson is urging residents to be mindful of these incidents and to report any suspicious activity immediately:

"In recent weeks, we have had a number of incidents where a large amount of lead has been stolen from churches which will be both extremely costly and inconvenient to repair."

"I'd like to ask members of the public to help us with our enquiries by reporting any suspicious activity they may see around our churches - this could include anyone seen on church roofs, vehicles parked nearby which aren't familiar, or any torch lights spotted around churches late at night or in the early hours of the morning. We need to know about this activity as it is happening, so please help by being our eyes and ears and letting us know this information when you see it."

"Those involved in committing these crimes are causing thousands of pounds worth of damage and we are determined to identify those involved."


Anyone with information should 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress.

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