Probe into theft of roof lead

A MAN has been arrested after lead was stolen from a council building.

Police are investigating after a quantity of lead was stolen from Sir William Gray House, in Clarence Road, Hartlepool.

The theft is said to have taken place overnight between Wednesday and Thursday last week.

The 90-year-old building houses Hartlepool Museums Service, which manages Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience, the Museum of Hartlepool and Hartlepool Art Gallery and museum collections.

It has been undergoing a makeover with workers painting the exterior walls over the last few weeks.

A Hartlepool Borough Council spokesman said: “We did have a small amount of lead stolen from Sir William Gray House sometime between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

“The incident has been reported to the police and as a result, we are stepping up security.

“There is a painting programme going on at Sir William Gray House, but there is no connection between that and the theft.”

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “At 10.15am on Thursday, a call came in regarding a report of a theft of lead from the roof of Sir William Gray House.

“A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of theft and has been bailed pending further inquiries.”

Police are asking for anyone who witnessed this incident or any other metal thefts to call Hartlepool Police on (01642) 326326.