Local Labour MP Andrew Gwynne has revealed the cost of metal theft from Denton and Reddish churches in a Parliamentary Question.
The cost of metal theft from Churches in the Manchester and Chester dioceses, which cover the Denton and Reddish constituency, has exceeded a massive £500,000 over the last three years.
Nationally, the ongoing epidemic of metal theft saw the value of church insurance claims rise from £173,000 in 2009 to almost £4.5 million across England. The Tory MP representing the Church Commissioners, Tony Baldry, said the number of thefts was likely to be much higher as insurance claims will only have been made if the value exceeded the excess.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“The enormous amounts of metal being stolen from churches in Denton and Reddish are making it difficult for parishioners to keep up their insurance payments.
“The Government has made some welcome progress on reducing the damage to our communities, but it is not enough.
“I hope fellow churchgoers will join me in calling on the Government to do even more to stop thieves in their tracks. Churches across the Denton and Reddish constituency contribute so much to our community, and it is a big shame that some do not care, instead turning their efforts to making life harder for parishioners.”