Tom Blenkinsop, Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Labour Member of Parliament, has today written to local Church of England churches and church leaders, as well as the Roman Catholic Bishop of Middlesbrough, asking about their experiences on metal theft, and how they think it should be tackled.
Tom said: “Last week, I asked the Second Church Estate Commissioner a Parliamentary question regarding the impact of metal theft on the Anglican Church in my constituency. The answer shocked me: in 2011, £115,000 worth of metal was stolen from Church of England property in the Diocese of York, an increase of 62% from the previous year.
“I have written to local Church of England vicars, as well as the Roman Catholic Bishop of Middlesbrough, to ask about whether they have experienced metal theft, and the steps that they think the Government should take to tackle it. Although I have already urged the Government to act, I hope that this information will put me in a stronger position to lobby for the necessary action to be taken.”
Any other churches in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland who have been victims of metal theft are encouraged to get in contact with Tom’s office at 6-8 Wilson Street, Guisborough, TS14 6NA.