‘Bored’ thief stole lead from school roof

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A THIEF stole lead flashing from the roof of a South Tyneside school because he was bored, a court heard.

Police were called to Epinay School in Jarrow after residents nearby spotted two men on its roof in the early hours of Wednesday, July 3.

Officers found a pile of lead on the ground near the Clervaux Terrace school, and saw Casey Bell running across the roof.

They gave chase and caught the 20-year-old in the school’s grounds.

Bell, of Jutland Avenue, Hebburn, pleaded guilty to a charge of theft at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Claire Irving, prosecuting, said: “Police were called at 1.20am and told the school was being burgled.

“The defendant and another man were seen running across the roof.

“The officers gave chase and found a pile of lead flashing on the ground.

“When they caught up with the pair, they were arrested.”

Laura Johnson, defending, said: “He lives with his mum, and he says he committed this out of boredom.

“He accepts it’s a stupid thing to do and knows it will cause problems for the school.

“He is short of cash and was planning to sell the lead.

“He knows he needs to find something constructive to do with his days.”

Magistrates gave Bell a 12-month community order, with 100 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay £150 compensation to the school and a £60 victim surcharge.

Anthony Howard, 20, of Epinay Walk, Jarrow, also faces a charge of theft relating to the same incident. He will appear at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, August 8.

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