A POLICEMAN has advised residents how to protect their homes from lead thieves.
Huddersfield has been hit by a spate of lead thefts this year.
Now, after a brief lull, Sgt Mick Semenczuk says the problem has returned.
He said: “Lead is now being ripped off bay windows.”
And Sgt Semenczuk told Kirklees Council’s Huddersfield North Area Committee that the criminals were getting away with it.
He said: “We’ve arrested quite a number of people with lead but we’ve had to release them because we can’t prove where it came from.
“They get away with it because they say they found the lead or they were given it.”
Sgt Semenczuk asked people to help police by marking the lead around their windows.
He said: “If we find a postcode on the lead then we can charge the culprits.”
And Sgt Semenczuk added that the thieves travel out of Huddersfield to sell the lead.
He said: “They will go to scrap dealers as far away as Brighouse and Morley.”
In March Huddersfield police said there had been 14 lead thefts in two weeks, with more than £4,000 worth of material stolen.
Businesses on Acre Street in Lindley were particularly hard hit.
The metal was also stolen from the dining room roof at the nearby Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
Lead flashing worth £1,000 was taken from Almondbury Surgery on Longcroft around the same time.
Thefts also took place at Haughs Road in Quarmby; Scar Top in Golcar; Lidget Street, Lindley; New Hey Road and Reinwood Road in Oakes; Wellfield Road and Carr Street in Marsh; Morley Lane, Milnsbridge and Arkenley Lane, Almondbury.