Queen Alexandra Hospital weather vane is targeted by lead thieves

DAMAGE Thieves ripped lead from the weather vane at QA Hospital
DAMAGE Thieves ripped lead from the weather vane at QA Hospital
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LEAD from an historic weather vane has been stolen from Queen Alexandra Hospital.

Almost 70 per cent of the lead that makes up the base of the weather vane was taken.

It dates back to the 1900s and once stood on Portsmouth’s original military hospital.

Its pride of place is in the centre of the Cosham hospital’s centennial garden, where patients, visitors and staff can sit and relax.

Glen Hewlett, director of estates at QA, said: ‘We are incredibly proud of the hospital’s heritage and our relationship with the military, so we are saddened by this loss.

‘The weather vane is an historic and important artefact from this city’s history and we would like to appeal to anyone with any information to come forward.’

The vane once stood on top of the old south block of the original military hospital.

It was put there in 1904 and was salvaged in 2006 and put in its current place last year.

Work in the centennial garden and to relocate the vane was funded by charitable donations from former patients and staff.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

PC Simon Buckle, of the Copnor and North End safer neighbourhoods team, said: ‘This shows these sorts of criminals have no scruples and don’t care what they steal, where they steal it from, and what upset it causes.

‘The people who are buying these sorts of items must know they are not legitimate.

‘They should do some soul searching and think about the consequences of their actions.’

The theft took place between 6pm on Wednesday, October 26, to 8am the following day. Details of the theft have only just been revealed.

Anyone with any information should call Hampshire Constabulary on 101.