Thieves target Long Tower Church and Nazareth House


Police at Strand Road are appealing for information about the theft of lead from the roof of a church.

Constable Morrison, the investigating officer, said that clergy and laypeople at St Columba’s Church, Longtower Street, discovered the theft after a leak started during the bad weather over the last couple of days.

He said: “When contractors went up onto the roof, they noted a large quantity of lead was missing. They state that a couple of Saturdays ago – about November 7 - they were informed some boys had been on the roof.”

This was one of several lead thefts in Derry in recent days. In the early hours of Wednesday, the theft of lead from the roof of Nazareth House in Bishop Street was also discovered.

Information about the thefts can be given to police on the 101 non-emergency number, or to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.