Follow Up: Theft of lead from churches in the Derbyshire Dales

Man charged with allegedly stealing lead from a church

The police have released the following update to the church lead theft:

Police have charged a man with allegedly stealing lead from a church.

At about 1.15am on Monday, May 17, patrolling officers saw a suspicious Vauxhall Corsa driving through Tansley.

They followed and found it abandoned nearby. A quantity of lead was found inside the car.

It was later discovered that lead had been stolen from the roof of St Helen’s Church, Church Town, Darley Dale.

Officers arrested a 22-year-old man from Alfreton and later charged him with theft. He is due to appear before magistrates in Chesterfield next month.

Derbyshire police are offering Selecta DNA to churches at a discounted price. The invisible substance can be coated onto any metal and remains on the skin or clothing of anyone who touches the metal. The substance contains a unique code, like DNA, so it can be traced back to a crime scene.

Churches in the Derbyshire Dales interested in purchasing Selecta DNA should contact Sgt Jon Lloyd on 0345 123 3333

Buzzard Update: Officers investigating poisoned Buzzards find dead fox cubs

Police investigating incidents of Buzzard poisonings have now discovered two dead fox cubs and are warning countryside users to be vigilant.

One cub was found on land in Kirk Ireton on Saturday, May 1 with a second cub discovered nearby the following day.

Officers launched an investigation when four dead Buzzards were found on land north of Kirk Ireton village on April 7. Two birds were also found dead in Jebbs Lane, Idridgehay on February 22. Results from analysis undertaken by Natural England confirm the birds were poisoned.

Police are linking the death of the cubs to the Buzzard poisonings and a multi-agency investigation is ongoing. 
A police spokeswoman said: “Whoever is laying poison in the area has not stopped doing so and there is a real concern that dogs being walked, or children playing in the fields, could discover poisoned animals and come to serious harm.

“We urge parents and pet owners to be vigilant. If you see a dead animal while walking, please don’t approach it but instead contact the police.”

Wildlife conservation charity, the RSPB, has offered a reward of up to £1,000 for information leading to a conviction.

RSPB Investigations Officer Mark Thomas said: “While the Buzzard is the UK’s commonest bird of prey and slowly regaining its previous range, its current distribution in the UK still reflects past illegal persecution and poisoning.

“These incidents are of real concern and we urge anyone who knows who is involved to come forward in confidence.”

If anyone has information about these incidents they are urged to call the police on 0345 123 3333, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or the RSPB’s Investigations team on 01767 680551.

Police Warning: Theft of lead from churches in the Derbyshire Dales

The police have issued the following warning, so if anybody notices any suspicious activity around the chruch please report it; contact details at bottom.

Police are urging people who live near churches to report any suspicious activity following several lead thefts from buildings in the Derbyshire Dales.
Churches in Middleton, Mappleton, Youlgrave and Osmaston have been targeted in recent months with thieves stealing lead from roofs.
The most recent incident happened some time between 8.50am on Sunday, May 9 and 11.30am on Tuesday, May 11. Lead was taken from the roof of St Martin’s Church, Osmaston.
Two youths were seen in the area when lead was taken from Cromford Mill at about 10pm on Friday, April 30.
Safer Neighbourhood police officers are paying special attention to churches while on patrol and people are being urged to call police if they see anyone acting suspiciously around churches.
Officers are visiting scrap yards to encourage owners to report anyone they suspect of trying to sell stolen metal.
Some churches are being leant security cameras while others are being offered Smartwater – a unique substance which leaves a unique invisible mark on property so owners can be traced and alerted should stolen property be recovered.
Anyone with information about these thefts should call police on 0345 123 3333 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Click for a follow up on the lead theft

Beech Trees on the Open Space Play Area

Parish Council Notice

Due to the fact, that the Beech trees on the Play Area were going to affect the structure of the garage, the Parish Council has had no option but to remove them.

A quantity of trunk/branch rounds have been left on site as well as some wood chippings. If you would like to help yourselves to these logs and chippings you are more than welcome and it would be appreciated if you take them as soon as possible. Some of them are very big and consequently very heavy. Anyone removing them does it at their own risk, please take care! If you take a large quantity of them, please can you make a donation to the Parish Council.

Please can parents advise their children who use the park, not to play with the logs.

Kirk Ireton Parish Council