Looking for leads as lead thieves strike

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HOUSEHOLDERS in Annesley Woodhouse are urged to be vigilant after a spate of lead thefts in the area.

Thieves have been targeting bay and porch windows and have been removing lead flashings.

Police believe two or three men are behind the thefts and say they were wearing dark clothing and hoodies to hide their faces. They were possibly carrying a rucksack-type bag.

But officers say not all thefts are being reported to them — and are urging residents to contact them immediately to help catch the offenders in the act.

Some of the offences reported include:

l Two men were seen running from a property and another jumping off a neighbour’s bay window roof on Longhill Rise on Sunday February 19 at 11.30pm. The occupants discovered lead flashing missing.

l Two men were at the porch of a home on Fox Street on Monday February 20 at 1 am. The occupant scared them off by banging on the window. She discovered the lead flashing was missing the following morning and reported it to police.

l Lead flashing was removed from a bay window on Fishers Street some time between Saturday February 25 and Monday February 27. Nothing was seen or heard.

l A resident disturbed two men taking flashing from a window roof at a property on Stonechurch View. The incident happened at 4.30 am on Monday February 27 and was not reported to police at the time.

Insp Nick Butler, police chief for Hucknall and Ashfield South, which includes Annesley Woodhouse, warned that stealing lead is a serious offence and could be reflected in the sentencing.

He said: “Not only is this very upsetting and worrying, it has a knock-on effect. It can allow water to enter the property and it can result in serious damage to the fabric of the building.

“I would urge people to report any suspicious activity because sometimes people don’t feel confident contacting the police about this.

“We have also started an operation in the area to catch these people and we have a number of plain-clothed officers on the street.”

Anyone with information should call the police on 101 or via the free and confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.

If a crime is in progress, dial 999.