METAL THIEVES STRIKE ACROSS REGION
METAL and lead thieves have been targeting everything from places of worship to street lighting columns right across South West Wales.
A CCTV system had to be fitted after metal was stripped from the roof of Christ Well Church in Manselton, Swansea, three times in the space of five weeks.
It led to calls from the vicar for people not only to keep an eye on the church but other local churches too.
During the summer there was a spate of lead thefts in Briton Ferry.
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Thieves made off with lead from the roof of Jerusalem Baptist Church in Neath Road and copper piping was also stolen from Salem Chapel in Vernon Street.
Latest figures from Neath Port Talbot Council revealed metal thieves made off with £42,000 worth of items from the local authority last year. The authority was left counting the cost of piping, water storage heaters, cabling and lead flashing. Meanwhile, Swansea Council was hit with a £74,579 bill in 2011/12 for metal theft in the city. Road signs, lead, cabling and downpipes were all taken.