Wakefield school’s £6k bill after lead theft

Lead theft at Lee Brigg school, Altofts.'Head teacher Alison Bardsley.'w7265a150
Lead theft at Lee Brigg school, Altofts.'Head teacher Alison Bardsley.'w7265a150

A SCHOOL has been left with a £6,000 bill after thieves stole lead from its roof.

The valuable metal was stripped from Lee Brigg Infant School in Altofts on Saturday night.

Kieron Hepworth, 21, of Park Green, Normanton, pleaded guilty to taking the lead when he appeared at Wakefield Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

He was caught on the school hall roof at around 9.45pm on Saturday by police officers and a force helicopter, which was sent to the scene.

The court heard that the lead had been partially removed and rolled up.

Prosecutor Adrian Knox said: “It will cost £6,000 to put the roof back to the condition it was in before.”

Hepworth also admitted breaching a bail condition which restricted him from being out of his home at that time of night.

Magistrates adjourned sentencing until January and he was released on bail and given an electronic tag.

Another man was also arrested at the scene and is currently on police bail.

Lee Brigg headteacher Alison Bardsley said she helped clear up the damage with the caretaker on Sunday morning.

After the court case she said: “The roof has been left in a real mess and we had to get emergency roofers out on Sunday.

“Fortunately they made it waterproof before we had all that rain or the school could have been flooded and there would have been a lot more damage and we might have had to close the school.

“We are here for the community and serving the community and it is a shame other people do things to spoil it.”

She added that a lead substitute had been used to replace the stolen metal.