Men Charged Over School Lead Theft – Ross-on-Wye
A man and two teenage boys have been charged with stealing lead from the roof of John Kyrle High School in Ross-on-Wye.
Lead worth around £1,000 was stolen from the school some time between 18 July and 30 July.
Following information from a member of the public, four people were arrested on 31 July in connection with the incident. A 21 year old man and two 17 year old boys - all from Ross on Wye - were later charged with theft. All three are due to appear before Hereford Magistrates Court on 15 August.
A fourth man from the town - aged 18 - who was arrested in relation to the incident was later released on police bail.
Inspector Pete Gebbie from Ross-on-Wye police station said: "While stealing metal to sell on for scrap may seem like a quick and easy way to make some money, I would like to reiterate the implications if you are caught by our officers.
"You will be arrested, your home will be searched and if you are bailed, you may be put on a curfew, which will have a massive impact on your work and family life.
"Metal theft is not a victimless crime and has a negative impact upon the communities in which we live.
"I am not convinced that those involved in this type crime - especially younger people - fully appreciate exactly what the consequences are, but I hope these charges show that we do act on the information we receive and we will come after you if we suspect you are involved in the theft of metal."