THIEVES have endangered lives by stealing part of a lightning conductor from a church spire in Birkby.
Warden Brian Kitson noticed the damage at St John's on Wednesday last week.
He said: "I was walking round to check everything was OK when to my horror I saw that a metre of the copper lightning conductor had been removed at ground level.
"It looks as if they took it off with a hacksaw."
Realising the theft had made the 220ft spire unsafe, Mr Kitson immediately contacted an electrician who came and repaired the damage that day.
Metal thefts have been a common occurrence in Huddersfield this year.
Earlier this month, part of the lightning conductor at Portland House Nursery in Lindley was stolen.