Hereford & Worcester

Kidderminster Register Office targeted by lead thieves

Friends and family of register office staff were enlisted to get a water damaged ceremony room ready in time for a wedding.

The damage was caused when lead was stolen from the roof of Kidderminster Register Office causing thousands of pounds of damage.

West Mercia Police are appealing for information after about £6,000 of lead was stolen from the office, in Bewdley Road, between 1 April and 7 May.

The internal damage cost about £4,000.

Staff discovered the main ceremony room had been damaged by rain when they turned up to conduct a wedding on Saturday.

They repaired the room including drying out the room's carpet which had been drenched by rain water.

'No disruption'

Repairs are now well underway and staff have stressed that it is business as usual and that future ceremonies will go ahead as planned.

Sharon Duggan, Worcestershire County Council's registration and coroner's service manager, said: "We are pleased that the wedding on Saturday went ahead as planned, but that was only due to the efforts of our staff in enlisting help at such short notice.

"The roof is now being repaired and we can reassure people that there is no disruption to other ceremonies we have planned."

A police spokesman said there had been a number of other lead thefts in the area recently and they were asking people to be vigilant and report anything suspicious.

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