School pipes recovered as hunt goes on

Headteacher of Anchorsholme primary school, Graeme Dow surveys the damage left by thieves
Headteacher of Anchorsholme primary school, Graeme Dow surveys the damage left by thieves
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POLICE have recovered metal piping which was stolen from a school roof, causing it to flood and cancel classes for a day.

Officers investigating the theft from Anchorsholme Primary School say they received tip-offs about where the stash was hidden following an appeal in The Gazette.

Four wheelie bins containing around £3,000 worth of copping piping bins were found at the side of a house on Neville Avenue, just around the corner from the Eastpines Drive school.

PC Dave Clarke, community beat manager for Anchorsolme and Norbreck, said: “All the copper piping has been recovered.

“And it is because of the appeal and good coverage in The Gazette.”

The piping is now being forensically examined as the police continue their hunt for the thieves.

The shocking theft was discovered by staff when they arrived at the school last week and found the roof had flooded.

It is thought the thieves struck sometime between 10pm on Tuesday and 6.40am on Wednesday.

The building was left with no running water and the school’s 600 pupils were forced to stay at home for a day while emergency repair work was carried out.

PC Clarke added: “The piping was from the cold and hot water supply for the whole school.

“The theft was discovered by the headmaster when he came in.

“It had a massive impact on the school community – it meant parents having to take time off work to cover child care and children lost out on a day of their education.

“The contractors did well to do the repairs so quickly to get the school back open.

“Our inquiries are continuing so if anyone has got any further information or if they saw or heard anything at the time, I’d ask them to contact the police or call Crimestoppers.”

Call police on 101.