Mablethorpe Salvation Army shock as thieves steal £2,000 worth of lead from building’s roof

Sergeant Fred Simms stands at Mablethorpe's Salvation Army building in Somersby Avenue.

Sergeant Fred Simms stands at Mablethorpe's Salvation Army building in Somersby Avenue.

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“I’M a Christian but words fail me...”

Those were the words of Sergeant Fred Simms after heartless thieves stole in excess of £2,000 worth of lead from the roof of the Salvation Army building in Mablethorpe.

The theft was discovered by a Salvation Army staff member on Sunday morning who alerted Fred to the damage; police and forensics have been to the scene in a bid to catch those responsible.

Fred said: “The damage will be in excess of £2,000 due to the sheer amount of lead they’ve taken, we think around 160 metres worth.

“The insurers have been down and are sending electricians as a matter of urgency to assess the damage.

“In the meantime we have cordoned off the damaged area and will try to operate as normal.

“It’s rather annoying, but what can you do in this day and age?”

The building, in Somersby Avenue, offers a range of voluntary services and worships as well as hosting coffee mornings and other charity events.

“We’re obviously thinking about CCTV after this, but it’s difficult as the building isn’t used every single day,” Fred continued. “I’d really urge anyone who knows anything about who did this to get in touch with the police.”

Lincolnshire Police continue to try to clamp down on lead thieves with Operation Brompton which has seen further arrests in recent weeks and over 60 arrests already this year.

Agreements have been signed with 12 scrap dealers across the county to standardise procedures of identification when buying scrap metal.

Anyone with information can contact PC Beaney on 101.