Our day off started with a phone call just after 8am from the police. They had had an armed response unit sitting in our road in the night (8|) and were interested to observe some men on the roof of our church. (The armed response unit were responding to another incident, which I don’t know anything about: they just ‘happened’ to be there when the men pinched the lead).
They caught them with their arms full of lead, and arrested them :>>
Yes, it is our lead. Yes, we did put smart water on it so we can prove it (smart water shows up under ultra-violet light). Yes, the water pipe has broken away at the top, where the thieves climbed it. Yes, Hub will sign his statement.
Now for the bad news. The thieves may get away with only a caution 88|
Hang on a minute. This is the 4th time we’ve had our lead pinched. 10 churches every week are being burgled for their lead. The insurance companies won’t insure us any more.
And, how come a girl taking a bottle of water from a shop during last summer’s riots got 4 months in prison, and a gang of thieves, caught red-handed, get let off with a caution??? :crazy:
Oh yes, we shall pursue this one!
(for more on smart water see here: http://www.smartwater.com/Business/Products/Churches-and-Heritage.aspx)