Trace-in-Metal Steps in to help the Lifeboats following Lead Theft

Trace-in-Metal Ltd have made a generous donation of a free Trace-in-Metal Lead Protection Installation to the Charity RNLI following a recent devastating lead theft from a RNLI station, Cullercoats.

Accepting the generous offer, the station operations manager Frank Taylor said, “We are not only fighting to save lives, we are having to fight off local thieves motivated by a few quid from the lead they have ripped off our roof.”

He continued, “The kind donation, which is very much appreciated, will help us to safeguard the lead once its replaced, and we can get back to normal in helping to save lives.”

For over 150 years Cullercoats has had a lifeboat station and the lifeboat crews have been presented with seven awards for gallantry. The station has also seen tragedy with seven crew losing their lives saving others at sea.

The Victorian Grade II listed building on the beautiful Northumbrian coast just north of Newcastle has now suffered another tragedy, because metal thieves have stripped thousands of pounds worth of lead from the roof of the life-saving charity’s historic building.

Read more about the theft here


The Trace-in-Metal lead protection system infuses existing lead structures with tiny microdots that survive the temperatures used in the recycling process, and can be easily read and recovered, tracing the metal back to source.

Said Trace-in-Metal Ltd Managing Director John Minary, “We are always saddened when we learn of the theft of lead from historic buildings, the office was particularly upset when this theft also involves a lifesaving charity”

He continued, “We all agreed that the right thing to do here, would be to offer to apply Trace-in-Metal to the new lead, free of charge. Everyone in the office wants to help, and to know that the new lead is going to be protected for life is very reassuring.”

You can watch an information video explaining how the Trace-in-Metal system works by clicking here