Extra measures to deter lead thieves on Wearside

Will Russell, of Liquid Plastics, with (from left) Neil Humphries, Sgt Andy Taylor, Kellie Richardson and Mike Orchard.

Will Russell, of Liquid Plastics, with (from left) Neil Humphries, Sgt Andy Taylor, Kellie Richardson and Mike Orchard.

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A WATERPROOF coating is making it extra tough for metal thieves to raid roofs.

Police are using Liquid Plastics’ Decothane membrane as their latest tactic to put a stop to metal thieves.

Traditionally, it is used to make the roofs of buildings water resistant but officers are hoping the tough film it forms will make it harder for thieves to snatch lead flashing.

Houghton residents will soon see their roofs coated with the polyurethane membrane after a resident suggested it might be a good barrier.

Neighbourhood Inspector Graham Finlay, who covers the area, said: “We’re making it as difficult as possible for thieves.

“Officers already carry out regular patrols in the areas worst affected.

“We continue to carry out targeted operations with other forces, DVLA, Vosa and environmental services to identify suspected stolen metal and those responsible.

“The tough membrane will hopefully act as a barrier between thieves and the lead flashing, making it even harder to steal.”

Steve Leech, Liquid Plastics’ national sales manager, added: “Our liquid applied membrane has frequently been used to replicate the look of lead.

“It can also provide a deterrent to thieves, whilst preserving the original appearance of the roof.”

The initiative, which sees police work closely with Gentoo, is part of a crackdown on metal thieves across Sunderland, Washington and Houghton.

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