Thieves target Midhurst lead
LEAD thieves have once again targeted people’s houses in Midhurst throughout the month of May.
Sussex Police reported this week two properties in the town have been targeted within the last few weeks.
In Elmleigh, lead was taken from a roof between May 9 and May 22.
Meanwhile lead was also taken from the roof of a property in Sheep Lane between May 15 and May 22.
Anyone who witnessed anything suspicious has been asked to contact Sussex Police by calling 101.
For the property in Elmleigh quote reference number 725 22/05/13.
For the property in Sheep Lane quote reference number 1060 22/05/13.
These latest thefts follow a written report to Midhurst Town Council by the town’s Police Community Support Officer.
As reported in last week’s Observer, the report noted because many houses in the town were listed buildings, owners were forced to replace the old lead with new lead when it was stolen – leading to a bountiful supply for would-be thieves.
This is due to various planning constraints governing much of the town.
There have been numerous problems with lead thefts in the area in recent times and the report added builders in the area had been given lists of banned traders, however thieves were now going further afield to sell the stolen lead.