Portsmouth residents angry as lead thieves strike at homes

TARGETED A house in St John's Road, Cosham, with tarpaulin on top of the bay window after lead was stolen
TARGETED A house in St John's Road, Cosham, with tarpaulin on top of the bay window after lead was stolen

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RESIDENTS have voiced their shock after lead was stolen from three houses in Cosham.

The thieves took the metal from the roofs of houses in St Matthew’s Road, St George’s Road and St John’s Road.

The homeowners have put blue tarpaulin on the affected roofs to stop the rain getting in until the lead can be replaced.

Tracy Gard, 47, is one of the victims.

She said: ‘I’m not sleeping at night. I’m here on my own. It’s making me nervous.

‘I’m up about five or six times a night. I keep looking out the window.

‘I’m thinking about getting a CCTV camera and a burglar alarm.’

Another victim, a 66-year-old man, who asked to remain anonymous, added: ‘Every morning you go to the window and as I looked out I could see the wood.

‘I’m very angry about it. I’m sick to death of it.

‘We all work very hard. I have done 12 hour shifts to bring my children up and send them to university and these scumbags come along and do this.’

The lead is being stolen from bay window roofs at the front of the houses.

The lead stolen from the roof can be sold for up to £1 per kilogram but the damaged caused can reach hundreds of pounds to repair.

Linda Outen, who lives opposite to one of the houses affected, said: ‘It’s horrible to think that people in the area could be thieves taking from the neighbours.

‘One of the houses has had this happened before so it is terrible to have it happened again in such a short space of time.

‘The damage costs so much to repair and yet the thieves get hardly anything from it so it doesn’t really seem worth all the bother to me.’

Anyone who has been a victim of lead theft in Portsmouth is asked to call the Hampshire Police on 101.

Alternatively, call the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.