Thieves steal lead from Sunderland school roof

Louise Wiegand, head teacher at Springwell Village Primary School, where lead thieves have caused �2,500 damage to the roof.
Louise Wiegand, head teacher at Springwell Village Primary School, where lead thieves have caused �2,500 damage to the roof.
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A FURIOUS headteacher has hit out at thieves who attacked a Sunderland school.

Less than a year ago a new roof was put onto Springwell Village Primary School after flooding caused £100,000 worth of damage.

Now, heartless thieves have targeted the building stealing lead flashes and causing more than £2,500 worth of damage.

Louise Wiegand, headteacher at the Westfield Crescent school, said: “We are very overlooked at the site, so they must have come in the dead of night to do this.

“They have taken a lot of lead strips and some tiles are missing, they have also damaged areas, they have left quite a mess.

“It is just awful, we have just had this roof replaced last year.

“Doing this sort of thing is immoral, this school is run through public money and is for children.

“It is diabolical to do this knowing you are going to be interfering with the education and welfare of the children. This is a community facility.”

Mrs Weigand said Sunderland Council sent out emergency builders as soon as the vandalism was discovered and they carried out temporary repair works to the roof so the children could continue in the school until the end of term.

Over the coming couple of weeks builders will be back on site to carry out full repairs in time for the school re-opening in September.

The headteacher said they will hopefully get the roof sorted before it rains.

She added: “We are just so grateful for the nice weather.”

Thieves hit the school between Thursday evening, July 11, and Friday morning, July 12, and Mrs Wiegand and Northumbria Police are urging anyone with information to come forward.

The headteacher said: “I really hope they are caught. If someone knows something, or is offered some cheap lead for sale, then they should get in touch with the police.”

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said officers are carrying out investigations into the theft and anyone with information should contact police on 101 ext 69191.

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