Posted on 27th January 2014
Metal thieves caused extensive damage to two junior schools in Hadfield after stripping lead from classroom roofs.
Offenders targeted St Charles Roman Catholic Primary School, in The Carriage Drive, and St Andrew’s Junior School, in Hadfield Road.
The thefts, which took place between 4pm on Friday, January 24 and 7am on Monday, January 27, saw thieves remove lead flashing from buildings at both sites.
At the St Charles school, classrooms were damaged by water leaking through where the flashing had been taken. A stone building at St Andrew’s was also damaged where the lead had been removed.
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.
“If you saw people hanging around the school sites, or a vehicle parked near to school gates over the weekend, then please call police.”
Witnesses or anyone with information should call Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.