A MAN who denies stealing lead from the roof of a St Bede’s RC Primary School has appeared at court.
Anthony Howard, 20, is alleged to have carried out the offence with a second defendant, Kristopher Hall, between Tuesday and Thursday at the school in Jarrow.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
The case was adjourned until October 1 at South Tyneside Magisatrates’ Court, when a trial date and venue is to be finalised.
Prosecuting, Keith Laidlaw said that a school caretaker had spotted that lead had been taken from the roof of the school library.
Mr Laidlaw said: “On Wednesday, the caretaker at the school had locked the premises and found everything to be in order.
“On Thursday, he opened up the school and was looking out of a window when he saw five or six pieces of lead lying on the playground.
“He noticed lead was missing from the library roof and and tiles had been damaged.”
Howard was granted bail with the condition he resides at Barnes Road in Murton, County Durham, does not enter school premises and does not contact co-defendant Kristopher Hall.
He was also given an electronically tagged curfew from 6pm until 7am each day.
Co-defendant Kristopher Hall, 22, of Epinay Walk in South Shields, will make his first appearance in relation to the same charge of theft on October 1 at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.