Thieves target school for fifth time

Photo Ian Robinson'Unhappy pupils from Gillibrand Primary School in Chorley, Lemoni Truran, five, Lacey Hodgkinson, six, Rojan Bitmez, six, Grace Coghlan, five, Eessa Mohammed, six and Bradley Watson, six, where lead thieves have struck for the fifth time

Photo Ian Robinson'Unhappy pupils from Gillibrand Primary School in Chorley, Lemoni Truran, five, Lacey Hodgkinson, six, Rojan Bitmez, six, Grace Coghlan, five, Eessa Mohammed, six and Bradley Watson, six, where lead thieves have struck for the fifth time

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A Chorley school has been hit by vandals who have stolen lead from their roof FIVE times.

Pupils and teachers at Gillibrand Primary School only fund out about the damage when rain seeps through the holes in the roof.

In the latest incident, the school’s Olympic displays have been destroyed.

Police have pledged to step up patrols in the area and have urged residents to remain vigilant in reporting trespassers on school property.

Sharon Bryson, headteacher of the Grosvenor Road school, said: “It’s quite distressing really, in that we have had some roof repairs completed recently and then the teacher came into the classroom and found water dripping down the wall.”

It’s the fifth time the school have been targeted, despite having CCTV and anti-climb paint on the site.

Mrs Bryson said: “It isn’t just the actual lead that is the problem, because we have hardly got any of that left.

“It’s the damage they do when they are up there.

“They have taken big pieces of lead and have also damaged the flat roof now.

“There is no way of us knowing when it has happened. We only find out when it rains and we get water coming in from a new hole in the roof.

“We are putting everything up now for the Olympics and the children’s work has gone up but the rain has destroyed it.

“Before the damage was so bad we had to take a whole display board down.”

Mrs Bryson says she can’t calculate how much money has been spent repairing the damage, but has slammed vandals, saying funds could be much better spent elsewhere.

She said: “It is hard to say how much we have spent repairing it.

“It is not just the damage to the roof, it’s the damage to the walls and to the materials and it all just snowballs.

“We have CCTV up and we have anti-climb paint so we don’t know what else we can do. This is money we could we spending on other things.”

PCSO Jo Jones at Chorley police said: “This is the fifth time it has happened, even though they have got CCTV.

“The school has only just had a new roof put on and it is the cost of the things at the end of the day.

“We are going to be doing more patrols and would urge anyone who has information, or has seen anything suspicious, to contact police by calling 101.”