Mansfield young people’s centre hit by lead thieves

The building was extensively restored and extended in 2011 at a cost of 6.5m.
The building was extensively restored and extended in 2011 at a cost of 6.5m.

Lead thieves have caused thousands of pounds of damage to a roof on a Grade II listed young people’s centre in Mansfield this week.

The theft took place around 4am on Wednesday (22 August) at the town’s Westfield Folkhouse Young People’s Centre and involved the removal of lead flashings on the historic building and damage to its lightening protection systems.

The damage to the roof

The damage to the roof

Temporary roof repairs are taking place to make it safe against the elements and the County Council’s Young People’s Service will be working with Mansfield District Council, which owns the building, on the permanent repairs.

CCTV captured the thieves in action and investigations are ongoing.

The building was extensively restored and extended in 2011 at a cost of £6.5m.

Councillor Philip Owen, chairman of the county council’s children and young people’s committee, said: “These mindless thieves have caused extensive damage to this historic building’s roof and the repairs will be costly as we will need to use specialist contractors due to its listed status.

“This is money that could have been better spent on services that benefit the community such as activities for local young people.

“I would urge anyone who witnessed or has information on this crime to report it to the Police.”

People with information on this incident should contact Nottinghamshire Police by calling 101.