THIEVES caused £8,000 of damage when they stole lead from the roof of Portsmouth Register Office.
A gang of men arrived on bicycles and climbed up onto the roof of Milldam House, in Burnaby Road, before stripping it of lead.
They hid the metal in bushes after throwing it to the ground, and later a silver Fiat Punto pulled up where the lead was hidden and drove off with most of the stolen material.
The metal was taken sometime between 5am and 9.10am, on Saturday, April 9.
PC Dave Freeman from the Charles Dickens Safer Neighbourhoods Team said: ‘It’s thought the thieves got away with a relatively small amount of lead but the damage caused runs to approximately £8,000.
‘Metal theft has been identified as a national trend in recent years which costs businesses millions of pounds.
‘The building targeted in this instance is a listed public building and the lead is used as weatherproofing. Ultimately it will be the taxpayer who foots the bill to repair it. If you know who was responsible, or saw what happened, you can contact police in confidence.’
Anyone with information can call PC Freeman at Portsmouth Central police station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.