02:46AM, Wednesday 26 October 2011
Police figures have revealed a staggering rise in metal thefts across the Royal Borough.
High Street businesses have become the latest victims of the crime for which an increase of almost 75 per cent has been recorded in the last year.
The figures show the 321 recorded metal thefts in Maidenhead and Windsor in 2009/10 has soared to 561 for the same period in 2010/11; a difference of 74.8 per cent.
Two men have been charged after officers swooped on a Queen Street flat on Monday and discovered lead valued at about £1,200.
The metal is alleged to have been stolen from Coffee Republic - not Costa Coffee as police initially stated.
Force crime reduction advisor Nick Gilbert said the dramatic rise in reported thefts could be down to the fact they have become a more recognised issue.
Thames Valley Police is running a metal theft reduction campaign, Operation Precious, to try to combat the problem.
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Police raided addresses in Lillibrooke Crescent, Cox Green, and in Crown Lane, Farnham Royal, at about 7.15am.