12:59PM, Wednesday 02 November 2011
A listed church building and a charity have fallen victim to lead thieves who struck once again over the weekend.
Damage was caused at the United Reformed Church in West Street and Maidenhead Heritage Centre in Park Street on Friday night.
Both have been targeted already within the last three months - the church once and the heritage centre twice.
The centre had lead ripped from the roof of its lift shaft - a haul which thieves have tried but failed to complete before.
According to chairman Richard Poad, men were also disturbed in the middle of the night three weeks ago after ripping out lead flashing elsewhere in the building and had to abandon their efforts.
Linda Nightingale, administrator at the Grade II-listed church, said the alarm was raised over the latest attempt by a shopper who spotted the lead dumped in bushes outside on Saturday morning.
She said the building is likely to suffer if it rains, as it did when lead was stolen before.
Police figures last week revealed the 321 recorded metal thefts in Maidenhead and Windsor in 2009/10 had soared to 561 for the same period in 2010/11; an increase of nearly 75 per cent.
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