We have all seen news reports about metal thefts of railway signal cables and sheet lead from church roofs. But very few people realise that council homes in Hammersmith & Fulham have not been immune from the problem.
Dramatic increases in raw material prices have also brought increases in the scrap value of not only lead and copper, but also in iron and aluminium too.
As a result, the thieves have turned their attention to smaller items and the council has suffered from a number of incidents recently. Lead flashings and gutter linings have been stolen from the roofs of blocks
in White City resulting in costly repairs to consequent leaks. Copper condense pipes from boilers have been stolen in a number of areas, too.