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Thieves Target Summer Break Schools

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:00am 2nd August 2013

Pirate FM has learnt Cornish schools are being targeted by thieves over the summer holidays.

Around £20,000 worth of lead was taken from the roof of the old school building at St Dennis School in St Austell overnight on Thursday 18 July or on Friday 19 July sometime before 8.45pm.

Thieves also struck at Trewirgie Junior School, Redruth sometime between 3pm on Friday 19 July and 2pm on Monday 22 July, removing lead from the roof.

On Sunday 21 July St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Bodmin was targeted between 9pm and midnight. Police believe lead was removed from different parts of the upper school buildings.

Sometime between 5.10pm on Thursday 25 July and 7.55am on Friday 26 July £1,500 worth of lead was stolen from Biscovey Junior Academy School in Par.

It is the third time in a month the school has been hit.

Police are urging the public to report anything suspicious.

Sergeant Paul Jones, neighbourhood team leader for St Austell, said: “There is no doubt these crimes are happening because the schools have closed for holidays.

“Stripping lead off the roof takes some time and the suspects often have ladders propped up against walls and flash lights at night to assist them.

“If you notice any suspicious vehicles or activity at a school please get in touch with the police.”

Anyone with information about this recent spate of thefts is asked to call police on 101.

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