Thieves strip lead from school roofs
Friday 31st January 2014 @ 17:00 by Lisa B

Thieves who stripped lead from a Hadfield school’s roof could have ended up killing a child.

That’s because the metal crooks left heavy coping stones perilously close to the edge of the roof.

Had they fallen they would have crashed down into the grounds of St Andrew’s Juniors.

Concerned head teacher Andrew Cartledge said: “The roof is 20ft high, but our caretaker saw what had happened when he arrived. We roped the area off and everything was made secure by 11am.”

The lead thieves hit the Hadfield Road school – and St Charles Primary a couple of hundred yards away on Carriage Drive – between 4pm on Friday and 7am on Monday.

St Andrew’s has been hit by lead thieves before. Insurance assessors were visiting the school as we went to press.

Mr Cartledge said the school was fully covered, but it was likely that the premium would go up which would mean less money to spend on other school needs.

Luckily the heavy rain that lashed Glossopdale over the weekend did not penetrate the building.

But it was a different story at St Charles where water poured into the office which was immediately below where the flashing had  been taken.

Head teacher Steve Williamson  said computers and paper work had been damaged, but the water had not penetrated the rest of the school.

Classes in both schools were not disrupted.

PCSO Brian Buller, from Hadfield and Tintwistle Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “These thefts have caused substantial damage to the schools and will take some time to repair.

“I would urge anyone who might have seen any suspicious activity in the area to come forward, no matter how trivial you think it is.

Anyone with information  can call Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

by David Jones

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