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Lord Taylor visits the Guildhall to discuss what is done to deter metal thieves

Lord Taylor meets Councillor David Mackintosh

Published Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Northampton’s historic Guildhall has been recognised as leading the fight in deterring metal thieves.

Today, Wednesday 13 March, the Minister for Criminal Information Lord Taylor of Holbeach visited Northampton Borough Council’s Guildhall offices to see how technology is being used to protect our heritage. 

Earlier this year, the Guildhall became one of the first buildings in the country to trial a new engraving technique. Northampton Borough Council working with engineers from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining have engraved the Guildhall’s lead roof tiles with details of their owner so that if stolen, they can be checked against a national database.

Councillor David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council said: "The Guildhall is a fantastic example of Victorian gothic architecture, and a true landmark of our town. So it was a real honour to welcome Lord Taylor to the Guildhall to discuss the work we are doing to protect our heritage for future generations. Historic buildings all over the country are being targeted by metal thieves, and I am happy that we are not just part of the discussion but taking action to support the Home Office in preventing people from stealing our nation’s heritage.” 

The scheme is designed to help reduce the estimated 1,000 metal thefts per week in the UK which cost the taxpayer around £220 million every year.

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