Historic Burnley mill targeted by metal thieves

Stanley Mill
Stanley Mill
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A historic Burnley mill plagued by metal thieves could be fitted with a security device to deter criminals.

The Grade II-listed Stanley Mill in Shackleton Street has been repeatedly targeted by thieves stealing lead from the former cotton mill.

But plans are being drawn up to protect lead flashing on the roof of the Victoria-era building with security wiring along the top of parapet walls.

A planning application has now been submitted to Burnley Council to carry out the work on the 1891 mill which also borders Heath Street, Swinless Street and Cleaver Street.

Speaking in the planning application, a spokesman for J.F Securities said: “The proposed works are to remove the security wiring and over-hanging cantilevered brackets, and re-fix them with the cantilever over the roof.

“These were initially provided to enhance the security of the building which has been the target of thieves stripping lead flashings and lead gutters from the northlight roof.

“There will be no alterations to the external fabric of the building.”