Criminals are most likely to be found stealing from shops or the elderly.

But a new wave of crime has spread across the country, with thieves turning their attention to churches.

Congregational & General Insurance has revealed that claims related to church lead theft have risen 86% in the past year alone, with some claims approaching £100,000.

To help tackle this, it has launched a website, Church Alert, offering top tips and best practice on how to minimise the risk of lead theft.