He said: "We continue to urge people to report incidents like this to us.
The incident happened between 6.20am and 6.30am on Tuesday.
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to steal the copper conductor, which reaches to the top of the Minster.
British Transport Police, Paul Crowther, told Parliament that the North East is the UK metal theft capital.
"I'd also urge anyone who saw anything yesterday morning or a man on a bike near to the church to contact police."
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Chief Con Crowther said: "The North East seems to be the epicentre of metal thefts as far as the railways are concerned.
"If they see someone trying to remove Vans Peach any type of metal contact police immediately.
"That is may be down to the tradition of heavy industry in the area where people are used to dealing in metal, and understand the value of this."
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"There is an issue here that needs addressing."
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"I think there needs to be a more intense review of scrap metal dealers, in terms of who is receiving this stolen metal.
The attempted theft came as the deputy chief constable of the Vans Maroon And Grey
The Rev Martin Anderson was inside the High Street West church when he heard something suspicious.
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"It may be that they're removing it for genuine reasons but if people contact police, we can carry out inquiries and establish whether or not it is.
In another incident, a substantial amount of copper piping was stolen at the Matalan store, in Pallion Retail Park, at 10.15am yesterday. If you have a complaint about editorial content which relates to inaccuracy or intrusion, then contact the Editor by clicking here.
Earlier this month, Network Rail staff had to work through the night to replace overhead equipment stolen from South Hylton Metro station.
Neighbourhood Inspector Neal Craig, of Northumbria Police, said if the raid had been successful, it could have been at a significant cost to the church.
Rev Anderson said more should be done to stop stolen metal being sold on.
Between January 1 and August 31 this year, Northumbria Police recorded 3,376 incidents, of which 411 have been detected.
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