Appeal after spate of lead thefts

03 Sep 2015 00:00 AM

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Police are appealing for information after a spate of lead thefts in Gateshead.

Since Monday, August 31, there have been four reports in total with lead being stolen from one local school and three residential properties.

Around £1,000 of lead was stolen during the thefts at one property on Ripley Court, two on Durham Road and another on Kelvin Grove.

It is believed that at a group of offenders are involved and are using a white Transit-style panel van to make off with the stolen lead in the night time raids.

Acting Sergeant Brendan McNally, of the Gateshead Central Neighbourhood Team, said: "These thieves have stolen a large amount of lead over the past three evenings and have acted in a concentrated area of the town.

"This kind of theft can cause a great deal of distress to victims and leave them with a hefty bill for repairs.

"We would ask members of the public to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious in the area by contacting police on the 101 number."

If you know anything about the thefts, or saw anything suspicious in the area over the past three evenings, contact police on 101 extension 69191 quoting reference 301 02/09/15 or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.