Thieves steal lead from school roof

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Thieves have stolen lead from the roof of a Derry school.

The theft at Long Tower Primary School on Bishop Street occurred sometime after 6pm on Monday night, March 26 and 8am Tuesday morning.

Police say a substantial quantity of lead was taken.

Neighbourhood Inspector Trevor McKeown said: “These type of thefts cause damage which needs repaired and is costly for the schools. We are appealing to anyone who lives near schools to report any activity around the buildings, outside of school hours to us straight away.

“We appeal to the local community to be vigilant and report any type of suspicious activity. If you notice anything out of place or untoward in your area contact us immediately on 0845 600 8000.”

Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Councillor Patricia Logue has urged anyone with information on the theft of lead from local schools to contact the police.

“There have been a rising number of incidents of copper and lead thefts happening across the city in the past year,” she says.

“Thieves have been targeting homes ,businesses, sporting facilities and places of worship.

“Last June thieves targeted Holy Child primary school, St Peter’s High School, St Eithne’s primary and Holy Family primary school and now we have the Long Tower Primary school. This is a very worrying trend.

“I would urge anyone with information to contact the police.”