LEAD thieves have recently targeted four buildings in Somerset.

Police are asking people to be vigilant in the Crewkerne and East Chinnock areas after a number of incidents.

Since March 14 there have been four cases where lead has been taken from four buildings, including a church, causing extensive damage to the properties.

PC Chris Purcell said: “Lead used to be an attractive commodity to thieves due to its high value.

"But since legislation changes in relation to cashless payments and a national operation to tackle metal theft, such incidents have dramatically reduced, with figures dropping by over 50 per cent in Avon and Somerset.

“However, we have seen a localised spike in the last month and are appealing for information following thefts in Orchard Lane, Crewkerne, on the April 24; High Street, East Chinnock, on April 21; Easthams Road, Crewkerne, on March 23; and All Saints Church, Merriott, on March 14.

“Did you see anything? Are you a scrap dealer that has been offered large amounts of lead flashing? If you can help us with our enquiries please contact me via the 101 number.”

If you have information, call PC Purcell and quote the following reference numbers: 5217090421- Orchard Lane, Crewkerne 24/04/2017; 5217088329 - High St, East Chinnock 21/04/2017; 5217065970 - Easthams Road, Crewkerne 23/03/2017; 5217056763 - All Saints Church, Merriott 14/03/2017.