School in lead theft roof crisis

Leyland St James' CE Primary School
Leyland St James' CE Primary School

Thieves who stole £5,000 of lead from a Leyland primary school causing its roof to partially collapse have been branded ‘immoral’.

Yobs targeted Leyland St James’ CE Primary School on Slater Lane this weekend and stole lead flashing. They also stole lead from underneath some of the roof tiles, which caused a ceiling to collapse inside the school.

Coun Mary Green, who represents the Moss Side ward at South Ribble Council, said: “I can’t understand how people can do this.

“They don’t appear to have any morals or scruples when they are robbing from the school. It is just such a shame, especially because all schools are tight of money at the moment.”

The incident happened between 3pm on Friday, September 23 and 9am on Sunday, October 25.

It is believed two men gained entry to the school by the alleyway at the back and used wheelie bins to climb over the fence and onto the roof.

The lead flashing, roof tiles, and further lead, have been estimated to be worth around £5,000.

Headteacher Lilian Taylor-Bell said damage will cost the school thousands of pounds to repair, but she would not let it affect the children.

She said: “The damage has affected the toilet block as well as other areas of the roof.

“We made the decision to open the school as normal but there are some areas where children cannot go for safety reasons.

“We are adamant that the money we need to repair the damage will not be taken away from the children.”

A 23-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of theft and has been bailed by police until October 21.

Police have appealed for information in the hope of tracking down a further offender.

Contact 0845 1253545.