Spree of lead theft across Worthing

A SPREE of lead theft in Worthing has left a hotel with a £1,600 bill and a school needing to redecorate due to water leaks.

The Burlington Hotel and Our Lady of Sion School are among the buildings affected by this spout of crime at the end of last month (June).

One of the directors of the Burlington Hotel, in Marine Parade, Worthing, said he has been forced to install security alarms and lights after the thieves raided lead from the building twice.

One of the directors of the Burlington Hotel, in Marine Parade, Worthing, said he has been forced to install security alarms and lights after the thieves raided lead from the building twice.

Chris Parsons, director, said: “I had to get it replaced. It was £1,200 worth, and that is not including the back wall – which was all lined up in lead.”

Our Lady of Sion School also had lead stolen from the building, and as a result of water damage, will likely have to redecorate.

School bursar Graeme Miles said: “There will be some water damage where they have taken the lead, which means there will be some redecorating work as well. It’s an inconvenience.”

There are also reports of a church and several residential properties in Worthing being victim to similar crimes.

Sussex Police have recently launched Operation Tornado to make it easier to trace sellers of stolen metal. Individuals will be required to provide proof of their identity, with their current address and a photograph, when trying to sell scrap metals to dealers.