POLICE are this evening appealing for information after thousands of pounds worth of lead was stripped from three buildings in Dumbarton.

The first incident took place at Balloch Castle, Country Park, Boturich Road, Balloch, between 12am on Thursday, November 10 and 9.30am on Tuesday, November 15.

A large quantity of lead cladding was stolen from the roof.

It is estimated it will cost approximately £20,000 to replace what has been stolen.

The second theft happened between 11.30am on Friday, November 11 and 7.30am on Saturday, November 12 when approximately 120 feet of lead cladding was stolen from the roof of St Peter’s Church, Howatshaws Road in Bellsmyre.

No value has been estimated thus far for this theft.

And between Friday, November 11 and Monday, November 14, a large quantity (approximately one tonne) of lead cladding/strips was stolen from the roof of Braehead Primary School, Meadow Road, Dumbarton.

Again, a value has not yet been placed on the stolen items.

Detective Constable Nicky Beattie, Clydebank CID, is leading the enquiry into the thefts which at this time police believe are linked.

He said: "What people seem to forget with crimes like this is the impact, not to mention the cost, it has on those involved.

"We believe that these thefts have all been carried out by the same people.

"They have targeted specific buildings, which they no doubt would have checked out prior to the thefts.

"Officers are currently checking CCTV and carrying out door to door enquiries, however, we would appeal to anyone who has information that will assist officers with their enquiries to contact police.

"The amount of lead that has been stolen means the thieves would have to have had transport; so if you have seen a vehicle hanging about or people acting suspiciously around any of the places affected, then please get in touch."

Any information can be passed to Clydebank CID via 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where details can be given in confidence.