From the Revd Alan Isaacson
Sir, — Maggie Durran (Gazette, 28 May) airily says not to worry if we suffer repeated lead thefts, I am sure I speak for many when I say that dealing with the experience of repeated lead thefts can be deeply discouraging and demoralising, taking time and energy away from doing and being what the local church is supposed to do and be.
As regards expense: insurance will cover some costs, but, apart from the excess, there is usually (understandably) a cap on how much will be paid out, and this can be significantly less than the total cost of replacement. Furthermore, many churches have now installed alarm systems, whose installation and annual maintenance can run to thousands of pounds.
We are grateful for the support our insurance company have given us, but dealing with the trouble has cost a great deal more than the company has given us.