POLICE are appealing for help from the public to cut the number of thefts of lead from roofs in the borough.
It is believed the increase in thefts is due to the soaring price of lead and copper in the developing world, particularly China. Police believe it is possible the stolen metal is being sold in England and then shipped abroad.
Det Insp Dave Snasdell, of Northwich Specialist Investigation Unit, said: “We would ask all residents to be vigilant.
“With the help of the public we can restrict the opportunities for criminals. If anyone is spotted acting suspiciously in the area we want people to report it to the police.
“Often the thieves will carry ladders and may look as though they are carrying out bona fide maintenance work. Even in these circumstances people should report the activity to police.
“If the workers are genuine this can be quickly verified, if not, we can take steps to prevent further people becoming victims. We will be stepping up vehicle and foot patrols and will be utilising plain-clothes officers in a bid to catch the culprits in the act.”
Call police on 0845 458 0000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.