Appeal after spate of lead thefts in Newcastle's east end
10 Jan 2018 14:45 PM[View Full Size]
Officers have launched an investigation after a spate of lead thefts in Newcastle.
Since the New Year there have been three reports of lead being stolen from properties in the east end of the city.
The first incident was reported at around 1.30pm on January 4 where lead was stolen from a porch on Vicars Lane in Longbenton before offenders made off in a small black car.
At around 1.30pm the next day police received a report that a male in a black Renault Clio had been stealing lead from Birchwood Avenue in Heaton.
Officers attended and a short distance away the vehicle, which was believed to be stolen, was found abandoned on Scarborough Avenue along with the stolen lead.
And today police received another report of a lead theft at an address in Heaton that took place overnight.
Inspector Steve Byrne said targeted patrols will take place to identify those responsible and he has advised residents to remain vigilant.
He said: "Lead thefts are not as common as they used to be and to have three reports in a week is unusual these days.
"We have already seized the black Renault Clio linked to the first two incidents but we are yet to make any arrests and do need help from the public.
"It could well be the same person involved and so anyone who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the Heaton area in recent days should get in touch.
"If you are a resident in the east end and have lead on your property then remain vigilant and report anyone acting suspiciously to police."
Anyone with information about the recent thefts should contact police on 101 extension 62889 or email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting reference 197 10/01/18.