We all know that the Government likes to remind us that crime is falling, but when you look at how much the value of theft from the Church of England has been in the past few years it looks like it is rising. According to the Church Commissioner, the estimated losses from Chrush due to theft were "£1.5 million in 2005, £2.4 million in 2006 and £8.7 million in 2007".
And what have these theives been pinching from the Chruch? Why the lead on the rooves of course. Gives a whole new meaning to the disestablishment of the Church doesn't it? Thing is, you always hear about this but how exactly does one go about nicking lead from a church roof?
Lead is a pretty dense and weighty substance after all, and you need to get a ladder up. How exactly is it that it such pilfering is so widespread and yet no one notices the ladder going up and the noise of great bloody lumps of lead being hurled to the ground?