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Coleg Harlech Lead Thieves Still at Large

08-October-2018

Following two instances of theft of lead and copper work at Coleg Harlech, those with any information relating to these incidents are urged to contact the police.


Following the closure of Coleg Harlech earlier this year, there have been two instances of theft of lead and copper work there on both the theatre workshop and the main college building Wern Fawr. Site manager Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales has called for those with any information relating to either of these incidents to contact the police.

Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales Chief Executive Kathryn Robson commented, “It is heartbreaking to see the building subjected to these criminal acts. We would urge anyone with any insight into the vandalism and theft to contact the local police.”

Mrs. Robson continued, “We have taken a proactive approach in protecting the building and ensuring the safety of staff and visitors alike. This has led to a number of security measures being taken and repair works have been carried out.”

There has been two instances of theft of lead and copper work on both the theatre workshop and the main college roofs: once in April and the other just over a week ago.

The last theft resulted in damage to the roof and resulted in water entering the buildings. Senior Health, Safety, and Estates Officer David Ashman confirmed that a series of steps have been taken: “In order to rectify the damage to the roof, local contractors are currently repairing the damage in order to make the roof watertight,” he said.

Mr. Ashman continued, “We have introduced security fencing around the building and on the windows, and we’ve appointed security contractors to carry out regular site visits. We are in regular contact with members of the Harlech-in-Action group who promote the monitoring and reporting of safety and incidents on social media to their members, and an alarm system has been installed along with CCTV covering the front of the courtyard. We are in regular contact with the local police, who also carry out frequent patrols of the area.”

Those who have any information relating to either of these incidents are urged to contact their local Police Community Support Officers.

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