METAL thieves have targeted a primary school in Redruth.
Police in Cornwall are urging people to be extra vigilant following a spate of thefts from schools around the county since the summer holidays began.
There have been four thefts of lead from roofs in schools between July 18 and 25.
Around £20,000 worth of lead was taken from the roof of the old school building at St Dennis School in St Austell overnight on Thursday July 18 and Friday July 19 before 8.45pm.
Thieves also struck at Trewirgie Junior School in Redruth sometime between 3pm on Friday, July 19 and 2pm on Monday, July 22, removing lead from the roof.
On Sunday, July 21 St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Bodmin was targeted between 9pm and midnight. Police believe lead was removed from different parts of the upper school buildings.
Sometime between 5.10pm on Thursday, July 25 and 7.55am on Friday, July 26 £1,500 worth of lead was stolen from Biscovey Junior Academy School in Par.
Sergeant Paul Jones, neighbourhood team leader for St Austell, said: “There is no doubt these crimes are happening because the schools have closed for holidays.
“Stripping lead off the roof takes some time and the suspects often have ladders propped up against walls and flash lights at night to assist them.
“If you notice any suspicious vehicles or activity at a school please get in touch with the police.”
Anyone with information about this recent spate of thefts is asked to call police on 101 quoting the relevant crime reference number.