Penarth primary school left reeling after lead theft
4:02pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in Penarth news
THE cost of repairs to a Penarth primary school after thieves stripped the lead from the roof has run into several thousands of pounds
Thieves escaped with the lead from Ysgol Gymraeg Pen-y-Garth, Redlands Road, over the weekend of August 3-4.
The scrap value of the lead would have netted the robbers no more than £500, but the cost of repairs following the burglary has cost £5,800.
This amount includes the cost of internal repairs caused by the theft of the lead.
Cllr Chris Elmore, the Vale council’s cabinet member for children’s services, said: “This is a sorry example of how funding – which should be used to enhance and support learning and education in the Vale – will now have to be diverted to recover the costs of this criminal act.”
The damage at Pen-y-Garth has been repaired ahead of the new school term.
Instead of lead, the flashing has been replaced with a product known as ubiflex which is a non-lead flashing material which has no resale value.
Ysgol Pen-y-Garth is not the only school to have been targeted recently; earlier this year the former St Cyres school site in Dinas Powys was stripped of every piece of metal in the building by thieves, including all of the underground electric cables.
A number of schools in the Vale have installed CCTV cameras to help deter thieves from attempting to steal lead and other materials from school buildings. However, residents are asked to report any unusual or suspicious activity close to schools buildings to the police on 101 or to the Vale council on 01446 700111.