Annesley lead thefts warning

HOUSEHOLDERS in Annesley Woodhouse are being 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 flashing.

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

But officers say not all incidents are being reported to them - and are urging folk to contact them immediately to help catch the offenders in the act.

Some of the incidents 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 19th February at 11.30pm. The incident was reported the following morning when the occupants discovered lead flashing missing.

l Two men were at the porch of a home on Fox Street on 20th February at 1am. 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 25th and 27th February. 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 4.30am on 27th February and was not reported to police at the time.

Insp Nick Butler, who is Neighbourhood Policing Inspector for Ashfield South, warned that the 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.”

l To report any suspicious activity contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111. If a crime is happening dial 999.