Thieves target church roof

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Police are hunting thieves who stole a large section of lead from a church roof - 
leaving parishioners facing 
a £15,000 bill.

The robbers used ladders to climb on to the roof of Stepps 
Parish Church and made off with the leading overnight . on Thursday, April 23.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the theft which happened between 9.30pm on Thursday, April 23 and 4pm on Friday, April 24.

Although the scrap value of the lead is only estimated at a couple of thousand pounds, the cost of replacing it along with the fixings and the damage amounts is around seven times that amount.

A fundraising campaign has now been launched by the church to raise the cash to repair the damage left behind.

The local Girls’Brigade kick-started the appeal with parents, girls and supporters donate £408 during their 
annual display last week.

The Rev Gordon MacRae said: “My whole congregation are gutted about the whole thing. This type of theft is happening at churches all over Scotland and insurers will only pay out around 30 per cent of the repair cost.

“We have now started fundraising for the rest and the donation from the girls brigade was wonderful.

“Folk have obviously been moved to donate to our 
roof fund.

“We have also been approached by two guys who are going to do a sponsored cycle to raise money.”

As well as the damage to the roof, water is now coming in after the recent wet weather and causing further damage to the interior of the building.

Session clerk Ailsa Macdonald added: “There are three weddings coming up at the church .

“They will still be going ahead but obviously we will have to make sure the seating arrangements are comfortable for the guests and the bride and groom.”

A police spokeswoman at Cumbernauld said: “We are appealing to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the vicinty of Whitehill Avenue to get in touch on 101.”

The church is in the process of setting up a justgiving page for the roof fund, where people will be able to donate.

To help, contact the Rev MacRae at the church on 0141 779 1675