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ROD. A measure sixteen feet and a half long; a perch.

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Councillor Roberts said: "The report identified significant deterioration and showed the lightning conductor had been removed, which we already knew had been stolen.
The business is also recruiting another high-level maintenance engineer and two lightning conductor apprentices to join its 30-strong team and has plans to continually grow its workforce throughout 2012.
Now thieves have returned for a third time, to steal the copper in the church's lightning conductor, which runs the height of the building, leaving the church at real risk of being burned to the ground should lightning strike.
A DOZEN lightning conductor strips were stolen from a Tyneside business site.
Stone Technical Services specialises in all aspects of high level maintenance, lightning conductor installation and steeplejack services as well as restoration and masonry refurbishment projects.
The church hit the news headlines for all the wrong reasons in July 2008 when thieves brought its huge spire crashing down through the roof in a botched attempt to steal its lightning conductor. That has now been repaired at great cost - but lots of other major problems with the building have now surfaced.
The lifesize bronze statue of Fred perched on top of a chimney holding a lightning conductor was unveiled in Bolton by his third wife Sheila, 48.
More specifically, it showed what could happen if your brand new lightning conductor (just invented by Priestley's friend, Benjamin Franklin) was not fixed correctly.
Contractors will take the opportunity to fit a lightning conductor to the top of the Anglican church, which dates from 1856.
Robbi Dickinson is an apprentice lightning conductor engineer at Stone Technical Services Group, in Darlington.