Lead thefts could halt school's new hall plan
A NEWTON Abbot school is appealing for help after thieves stripped 45 metres of lead from the roof.
Bearnes Primary School need to find £2,500 to patch up the roof before winter comes but they fear that it will push their new school hall project on to the back burner.
They are saving for a £50,000 mezzanine floor in their hall to help cope with rising pupil numbers.
Headteacher Nicky Dunford (pictured right) explained that the theft is not covered by insurance and the school will have to find the cash themselves.
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Mrs Dunford said: "Funds are always tight and we are ploughing all the efforts to get £50,000 together for a new mezzanine in our school hall.
"This is like taking a step backwards and it is a blow for everyone here."
Mrs Dunford said the theft was discovered when the maintenance man went on the roof to clear the gutters – but could have happened as far back as May.
PCSO Charlotte Perkin said that the thefts are the latest in a long line in the town.
She said: "The resale value of lead means that it is a attractive to thieves.
"We believe that a vehicle would have to have been involved and we hope that this appeal my jog people's memories and prompt them to come forward with information."
Contact police on 101 reference number JN/12/2371.