Metal theft on rise


The insurer said that during the first five months of 2010 the company received a total of 722 theft of metal claims worth more than £1.6m. In a statement, Ecclesiastical said: "Although lead stolen from churches still makes up the majority of theft of metal claims, a significant increase is now emerging in non-faith claims. With nearly 20% of the total metal theft claims now being recorded for non-faith customers - such as schools, heritage buildings and other commercial properties - the insure

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