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Appeal after lead thefts

Dated: 08 Feb 2012

Police are reminding residents to be vigilant after a series of lead thefts in Newcastle.

Over the past few days four thefts of lead took place from doors and windows of people's properties in the Fenham and Scotswood areas.

One of them happened at 10.40am on Tuesday, February 7, at Fox and Hounds Road in Fenham, when a neighbour was disturbed by a loud noise and saw two men making off from a garden of a nearby house.

It was discovered the two men had tried to steal a very large piece of lead - measuring 8ft long by 2ft wide and 1cm thick - from a bay window of a house in the street.

The first man is described as white, aged between 17 and 21 years old, about 5ft 10ins tall of medium build, clean shaven which straight brown hair that was long enough to slightly cover his ears. He was wearing dark trousers and a bright white coat with a navy trim on the collar, cuffs and pockets.

The second man is white, the same age, about 5ft 9ins tall, clean shaven and wearing a dark grey fleece jacket with the hood up.

PC Rob Thorpe said: "The offenders have ripped the entire piece of lead from the bay window, causing a large amount of damage to the window frame, roof and guttering, amounting to thousands of pounds.

"Their actions were completely reckless and have caused extensive damage to the house. And the fact they have been seen laughing as they left the scene just shows they have absolutely no conscience whatsoever given the misery and expense they have caused their victims.

"I'd urge anyone with information about this incident to get in touch with police as soon as possible. The lead was very heavy and as it was a bright clear day they had attempted to do this in broad daylight so any witnesses or anyone who heard or saw anything suspicious is urged to contact the police.

"It's possible the two men offenders were also covered in shiny silver dust deposits from trying to move the lead."

Neighbourhood Inspector Leigh McManus said residents in the area should be vigilant. He said: "The thefts have happened at all times of day, sometimes in broad daylight, and it's important residents report anything unusual or suspicious they see in their neighbourhood to the police.

"Lead thefts from roofs, windows and doors can cause extensive damage and it's important we catch those responsible. Anyone who has information should get in touch with police."

Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.