The lead was taken from the roof of All Saints Church in Spetchley sometime between Thursday, November 9, and Tuesday, November 21.
A West Mercia Police spokesman said: ""The Safer Neighbourhood Team have been notified and are appealing for anyone with information, or anybody who has seen any suspicious behaviour in the area to contact them." Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting 266S.
Reports suggested the 72-year-old was last seen on the A449 bridge over the river after going missing from Malvern on November 18.
Daughter Jennifyr Yap said searchers found her mum’s handbag in the river the day after her disappearance and spoke last week of her family’s sadness that Mary has yet to be found.
Cllr Jenkins said: “We want to emphasise the importance of walking and cycling.
Cars get most attention, but in Worcester, you can’t build any more roads, there’s no room.
“Ringroads might help, but the council’s own statistics show that most traffic comes into and out of the city, so they won’t help that much.” Cabinet member for Highways, Councillor Alan Amos said that the council had already nearly doubled its spending on walking and cycling over the last four years.
He said: “Our spending on walking and cycling next year will be just under £9 per head and four years ago it was £4.68 a head, so we have been increasing spending on it.” Next year’s budget will see £5.05 million spent on pavements and footways, public rights of way and cycling and walking provision – working out at £8.92 per head of the county’s population. “And I’m not going to spend money just to meet an arbitrary figure without knowing what the need is.” Cllr Jenkins said afterward: “Councillor Amos said his priority is road congestion, but in Worcester certainly there’s no more space for roads.
However, on Friday evening she admitted, “We are disappointed that there will be no further progress in the search for my mother” – after no further clues were found.
She went on to say that her mum cannot swim and, if she did go into the river, then she “must have walked in by the bank – that’s what the police believe”.
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Detective Chief Inspector at West Mercia Police Jerry Reakes-Williams said: “Mary has not been seen or heard from for about two weeks now and her family are understandably very distressed.