Lead thieves target cemetery

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LEAD thieves have targeted the chapel of rest at Brighouse Cemetery.

The thieves have left a trail of destruction by smashing stones which they removed to get to the lead.

The matter has been reported to the police and all three ward councillors.

Councillor Colin Stout (Ind, Brighouse) said they needed to send out a strong message.

“This damage will be repaired. It is absolutely appalling for someone to take lead off a roof in the cemetery. How low will some people go to get the few quid they get to buy whatever they are buying,” he said.

“I hope that our local magistrates, if any lead thieves appear before them, will give them the maximum sentence to send out a clear message that stone thefts and lead thefts are totally unacceptable. These buildings have been there for hundreds of years.”

A council spokeswoman said they were aware of the problems.

“We have organised for repairs to be carried out to the roof this week. We have also reported it to the police and we are working with them to prevent this from happening again.”

Sergeant Dean Maddocks, who leads the Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team, said police had visited the cemetery in Lightcliffe Road and increased their patrols in the area over the weekend. They will continue to monitor the situation.

Brighouse High School has also been targeted by the lead thieves. The incident is believed to have taken place on the same day.

Councillor Stout said all the lead flashing has gone from on top of the sports centre, attached to the school in Finkil Street.