2:00pm Wednesday 11th September 2013
By Chris Warne
A LANDLORD is warning businesses and homeowners to be on their guard against scrap metal thieves after three men wearing balaclavas turned up in the middle of the night and tried to steal lead panelling from the roof of his pub.
Steve Poulter, who runs the Carpenters Arms in Westrip, was woken at around 4.15am last Friday (September 6) by his stepson Jamie, 19 who was roused by the smell of cigarette smoke outside his open window and the sound of footsteps on the roof.
The teenager opened his blinds to see two of the three darkly dressed men attempting to carry away a 9x2ft piece of lead from the pub’s roof.
After shouting at the men, Jamie saw them drop the panel from above their heads before climbing into a getaway vehicle in the pub’s car park and making off in the direction of Randwick.
He subsequently raised the alarm by waking his parents Steve and Jane, who then phoned the police.
"It’s very worrying. Anyone with lead roofing or lead flashing on outbuildings should be very vigilant," said Steve, 45, who is installing CCTV and flash lights at his pub following the incident.
Anyone with any information about the attempted theft should call police on 101, quoting incident number 42 of September 6.
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