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Thieves stealing lead from roofs

Lead on roof
Police say lead is easy to remove and has a high value as scrap

Residents in a Lincolnshire town have been warned to be on the lookout after a spate of thefts of lead from roofs.

More than a dozen thefts of lead have been reported from mainly Victorian homes in Gainsborough with three homes targeted during one night last week.

Police believe thieves are taking lead because of the current high values of scrap and its ease of removal.

The thefts typically take place during the night with thieves often removing the lead and then collecting it later.

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