13:39 Tuesday 08 January 2013

Copper piping worth £6,000 stolen from Repton School

Written byBY HELEN KREFT

CONSTRUCTION on a school science building has suffered a serious setback after £6,000 worth of equipment was stolen.

Bowmer and Kirkland, the construction company currently building Repton School’s new science building, in Willington Road, is currently in the process of clearing up damage left behind by thieves overnight between Monday and yesterday.

Police are now launching an appeal after around £4,500 worth of copper piping was stolen, as well as various IT equipment.

Bill Eley, project manager for Bowmer and Kirkland said he was disappointed at what had happened after he received a call from the security guard to say the site had been broken into.

The thieves forced open the gates to the building site and broke into the company’s office before stealing the keys to a container which held copper piping.

Mr Eley said: “This has set us back about half a day by clearing up all the mess. They have trashed the office, setting off fire extinguishers and stealing IT equipment.

“I am disappointed that it is such a nice area as this and we find out that we have become victims of crime and vandalism.

“The copper piping was worth about £4,500, and with the IT equipment and a two-way radio that was also stolen we have lost about £6,000.”

Scenes of Crime Officers (SOCO) have attended the site to take fingerprints, and Derbyshire police are hoping to appeal to anyone who may have information.

A spokesman said: “This was a large amount of copper piping which would have been very heavy and would have taken a vehicle to remove it, as well as more than one person.

“We would appeal to anyone with information, and to any scrap merchants who may have been sold anything like this.”

Anyone with information should contact Derbyshire police on 101.

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