Metal thieves hit church roof

Graham Meikle, property convenor for Cranstoun Church where the lead roof has been stolen from the vestry, which is the newer part of the church.

Graham Meikle, property convenor for Cranstoun Church where the lead roof has been stolen from the vestry, which is the newer part of the church.

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A church near Pathhead has become the latest victim of lead theft in the county, after its roof was stripped twice in a fortnight.

Cranstoun Church has decided not to replace the flat roofs with lead but still have a bill of around £7,000.

Graham Meikle, property convenor at the church said: “It was bad luck. Nobody could see it happen, we have no witnesses, as the church is relatively isolated.

“We are insured, but we have to pay the first thousand pounds of each claim.

“Whether or not they will renew our premium is a good question.”

Police confirmed they are investigating the lead thefts from Cranstoun Church.

Read more on this story in the May 16 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.