Thieves strip lead from Bideford Town Hall roof.

BIDEFORD Town Hall and library has been targeted by thieves, who have stolen £3,000 worth of lead and lead flashing from the roof of the building.

The theft was discovered when staff working in the library noticed water leaking from the ceiling and investigations by council officers revealed that a large amount of roof lead had been taken.

In removing the lead, the thieves also caused considerable damage to the slates on the roof of the 160-year-old Grade Two listed building.

Torridge District Council leader Barry Parsons said: “This act by uncaring, greedy and callous thieves has caused damage that will cost the council tax payer of Torridge around £3,000 to repair. That’s money that could and should be spent on services for the residents of our district, not on unnecessary building repairs.”

Anyone who might have information on this incident is asked to contact the police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference CD11 1796.