A BRASS tap used to water grave flowers has been repeatedly targeted by a thief.
Now the Lindley church hit by a spate of thefts has decided not to replace the tap with another brass one after a replacement was stolen yet again.
Instead, it is hunting round for a cheaper version in the hope the tap cannot be stolen and sold on for scrap.
The Rev John White, of St Stephens in Lindley, said: “Brass taps have been stolen a number of times here and also on the allotments at the back.
“The first brass tap in the churchyard was taken quite a long time ago and we replaced that only for it to be stolen yet again.
“Around the same time we had a lot of lead stolen off the roof and had to replace that too.
“We have decided not to replace the brass tap and are now looking for a non metal tap which cannot be stolen and sold for scrap.”
It is not just the Lindley church that has been hit by the theft of metal.
Brass and lead items have been taken off many buildings over the past year by thieves looking to cash in.