Appeal for witnesses after theft of £150,000 worth of lead from listed building
22 May 2018 13:50 PM[View Full Size]
Police are re-appealing for witnesses after theft of £150,000 worth of lead from a listed building in Gateshead.
Officers were called on November 22 to reports that thieves had climbed onto the roof of Axwell Hall in Blaydon.
They then proceeded to strip the roof of around £150,000 worth of lead sheeting before making off from the area.
Officers responded the next day and have been carrying out a number of enquiries since the incident.
However, it is believed the offenders may have made more than one trip to the building between the beginning of September and the day of the report.
The building was under construction and so nobody had detected the theft until November.
Police are now re-appealing for information from the public and releasing images of the damage to the property.
Detective Constable Stuart Taylor said: “This theft has left the owners of the property significantly out of pocket and with a hefty repair bill.
“We have been carrying out a number of enquiries, speaking to witnesses and trawling CCTV footage form the area.
“However, we are still yet to identify the offenders in this case and we need help from our local communities to progress our investigation.
“There will be people out there who know who is responsible and we would ask you to come forward and report this to police.
“You can report this anonymously but the most important thing is that we identify these offenders and hold them accountable for their actions.”
There is no description of the offenders but if anyone has any information about the theft they are encouraged to call police on 101 quoting log 909 22/11/17.
You can also report intelligence anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.