August 23, 2011 2.59 pm This story is over 154 months old

Lead stolen from Lincoln school

Metal theft: A large quantity of lead was stolen from a Lincoln school over the weekend.

A large quantity of lead was stolen from a Lincoln school over the weekend.

Around 100 metres of lead flashing were taken from Westgate Junior School, in Westgate, and police are appealing for information on the incident.

Officers say that this would have taken a considerable amount of time, requiring a vehicle to transport the lead.

Anyone who saw or heard any suspicious activity in the area are urged to get in touch with them as soon as possible.

Rise in metal theft

Scrap lead is worth £900 per tonne, according to and due to the hike in scrap metal values, thefts are becoming a big problem across the county.

Lincolnshire Police spokesman James Newall pointed out that public buildings such as churches and especially schools during the summer holidays, are being targeted and calls for people to be vigilant.

“The amount of buildings being targeted makes it difficult for the police to protect them all so any suspicious activity such as people hanging around public buildings, especially if they are on the roof, needs to be reported immediately,” said Newall.

In December last year, Lincoln was reported as one of the worst UK cities for church lead thefts but since then police have been carrying out daily checks around scrap yards and have also recently made arrests for metal thefts.

Source: Lincolnshire Police | Photo: David Wright