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England churches 'making fewer insurance claims for theft'

There has been a 70% drop in theft claims by churches across England, according to an insurer.

Ecclesiastical Insurance (EI) said there were 659 claims in the first half of 2012, mainly for lead theft, dropping to 195 for the same period this year.

But there are concerns over the government's decision to stop funding the police's National Metal Theft Taskforce.

Police Minister Norman Baker said the unit "had done its job".

But, according to EI, it is vital the taskforce continues its work and "further funding is found".

  • 20 Aug 2014
  • From the section England