Feb 21 2013 by Gary Fanning, Hamilton Advertiser
Police were this week hunting thieves who stole lead from the top of a training tower at a Lanarkshire fire station.
Raiders made off with the metal after clambering up to the top of the training tower’s roof at Larkhall Fire Station.
Officers are appealing for witnesses to the incident at the Academy Street building which occurred sometime between February 3 and February 15.
Stuart Mitchell, area support officer at Hamilton Police Office, said this week: “Again, metal thefts feature prominently throughout the division.
“This time those stealing it are becoming more daring or desperate as some time between February 3 and February 15, the lead was stolen from the training tower roof of Larkhall Fire Station.”
A spokesman for Strathclyde Fire and Rescue has urged anyone with information to contact the police.
“The Fire Service work to protect the community from tragedy and we need the public’s help to ensure firefighters get to were they are most needed.
“We work hard to make sure the we deliever a world class service to the public and are enocuraged to enjoy the suppor from our community.”
Last week the Advertiser reported how metal thieves stole a large quantity of lead from two homes being built at Earnock Glen, the site of the former Earnock High School.
The raiders stripped the metal from the roof of the properties between February 4 at 2pm and February 7 at 2pm.
Last month, the Advertiser told how thieves stole copper from the new ASDA supermarket in Larkhall.
The incident happened just six weeks before it is due to open.
Over the years, thieves have stripped lead from schools, churches, businesses and households across the area.
Anyone with information on the incident should contact police on 202300. or telephone Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.