Outrage over roof lead theft at school

Headteacher Andrew Kidd with pupils who are outraged about lead stolen
Headteacher Andrew Kidd with pupils who are outraged about lead stolen

A MEASLY £30 – that is what vandals stand to get for stealing three strips of lead from a roof, but a Chorley primary school faces a bill that could cost thousands of pounds.

Officials from Duke Street Primary School are outraged after they were targeted at around 1.40am last Friday as the thieves climbed on to a wheelie bin and up on to the roof before making off with the metal.

CCTV footage showed two offenders committing the crimes, and headteacher Andrew Kidd has hit out at the vandals as the school starts on the process of repairing the damage.

He said: “It is just mindless and selfish acts of vandalism.

“We have been told that on the scrap metal market it would be worth around £30-£50 which is absolutely nothing when you think about how much disruption and money it is costing us.

“On Friday morning, the water was coming into the staffroom as well as two of the classrooms.

“It meant that we had to move two or three of the classes out because we could not use the electricity as it was so dangerous.

“They stole it from three separate bits on the roof in the gulleys and we had to get some temporary work done but now we are looking at the long-term situation.

“We just cannot believe that anyone would think of doing this to a school for such a small amount of money.

“The CCTV footage showed two people getting on the roof and we want them to be caught.”

It was the second blow for the school in just a matter of days.

Mr Kidd added: “We found out that the son of one of our members of staff, Lorraine Nicholls, had died on the Monday. Then we had this later in the week.

“I suppose we would have felt worse if it was just the lead theft, but when you think about someone you know it puts everything into perspective.

“It has been just such an incovenience to have all of the dehumidifiers in each of the rooms and trying to get them dried out but we just get on with it.”

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “We are aware of the incident and there were five leaks into rooms in the school.

“We are appealing for anyone with information to get in contact with us on 101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0845 555111.”