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School uses CCTV to stop lead thefts

School uses CCTV to stop lead thefts

CCTV systems are to be installed at a school in the Midlands after thieves continually ripped lead from its roof.

The criminals struck at Hurst Hill Primary School seven times between the start of November and the end of 2012, taking the high-value metal and causing thousands of pounds worth of damage in the process, reports the Express & Star.

Headteacher Caroline Dingle said: "The new system will act as a deterrent to would-be criminals and we are confident our close working with the police over this matter will have the desired impact."

Dudley Council's education chief councillor Tim Crumpton said that these "appalling" crimes have caused not only damage, but disruption to staff and pupils at the school in recent months and he believes that the installation of CCTV will help prevent similar incidents in the future.

Figures released by the local police force show that the crimes are part of a wider trend, with 77 incidents of arson vandalism and theft being reported at schools in Dudley since April 2011.

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