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Gosport museum hit by lead thefts

Gosport museum hit by lead thefts
http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/newshome/Gosport-museum-hit-by-lead.6291773.jp

Marc Farrance

Published Date: 13 May 2010
Thieves are continuing to target a museum in Gosport.
Lead was taken from the roof of the Explosion museum in Priddy’s Hard overnight between Tuesday May 4 and Wednesday May 5.

It’s believed the culprits may have approached the museum from the water.

Marc Farrance, manager of Explosion, said: ‘The boathouse is one of a number of shore facing buildings that is secluded from public sight.

‘The buildings are vulnerable and are accessible from the shoreline.

‘So far lead has been stripped from the Museum Coffee Shop, Education Centre and Missiles Gallery.

‘The thieves are very aggressive with their tactics. We have implemented a number of deterrents and are working closely with the local police to try and combat this threat.

‘It is frustrating that these attacks on our buildings continue.’

Neil Miller, a spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary, said: ‘We are determined to prevent this kind of crime being committed in the future.

‘We have provided the museum with a security report, suggesting measures that could be taken to prevent futher crimes of this nature.

‘We would ask that if anyone witnessed the lead being stolen, or has any information about those responsible, they should contact Gosport police station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.’

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