Thieves raid school for copper

03:00, Nov 07 2012

Two copper downpipes have been stolen from a building at Bohally Intermediate School in Blenheim at the weekend.

Deputy principal Carey O'Hagan said the pipes were stolen from the school hall and were quite high up.

The thieves probably had to get up on the flat roof to get to the pipes, she said. Copper clips on another set of guttering had also been tampered with, and they had tried to pull that pipe down, Mrs O'Hagan said.

The school caretaker, who regularly patrols the school grounds, had been at the school on Sunday and noticed the pipes were missing on Monday morning. The theft was unfortunate as the school took pride in the grounds and buildings, Mrs O'Hagan said.

"It is always disappointing when someone is here when they shouldn't have been," she said. "It takes time away from our core business, which is learning."

Constable Andrew Holdaway, of Blenheim, said police were following a strong lead into the theft.

The stolen copper was probably taken to sell for scrap, and such thefts were more common before the international price of copper fell.

Also overnight on Monday, a car on Solway Dr, Witherlea, had its rear windscreen smashed, Mr Holdaway said.


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