"We are just praying its not going to rain,": Head's shock after lead stolen from roof of primary school
PUBLISHED: 08:04 17 January 2019 | UPDATED: 08:20 17 January 2019
The head teacher of Great Dunmow Primary has spoken of his shock and disappointment after thieves stole lead from the school's roof
Teachers returned after the Christmas holidays to find thieves had caused “considerable damage” by stealing lead which had been installed to prevent water leaking through to classrooms, dining room and computer suite below.
Head teacher Kevin Watts told the Broadcast: “We are just praying it is not going to rain for a while. If it does rain that is going to mean even further damage, which is going to mean disruption for the school.
“Lead was around the windows and installed to protect the joins so water didn’t leak through. Now the lead is no longer there we are vulnerable to leaking in the school.”
Mr Watts said the thieves had stripped lead from the entire length of the main school building.
He said: “I have been here four years and this is the first bit of vandalism I have come across.
“It was a big shock. In this area you don’t expect that to happen. My initial thoughts were shock and disappointment that somebody could do this to the school and disrupt the learning of the pupils.”
Mr Watts said he was hoping to receive a quote in the next few days, telling him how much the damage would cost to fix and when the repair work would be completed.
Addressing the thefts, the school’s newsletter said the incident had caused “considerable damage,” adding: “We are hoping that our insurance company will pick up this costly bill and that it will not cause too much disruption when the works to replace the lead commence.”
If you have any information about the theft, call Essex Police on 101. Alternatively, contact the Crimestoppers charity, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org.