South Scotland

Thieves take lead off Hawick town hall roof

Hawick town hall
Image caption The thieves were spotted climbing onto the roof of Hawick's town hall

Police are appealing for witnesses after thieves were spotted taking lead off the roof of Hawick town hall in the early hours of Friday morning.

The incident happened at about 03:30 when two people were seen climbing on to the top of the building.

They fled after police arrived but it was discovered that a large quantity of lead flashing had been stolen resulting in "significant damage".

The cost of repair works to the building is still being calculated.

The suspects have been described as white and in their late teens or early 20s.

One was wearing a light-coloured hooded top and tracksuit bottoms, while the other was wearing a dark hooded top with yellow writing on the back.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "The cost of the damage is still being calculated and local officers are conducting various inquiries in the area to identify the suspects.

"Anyone who remembers seeing any suspicious activity in or around the town hall in the early hours of Friday morning is asked to contact police immediately.

"Similarly, members of the public with any other information relevant to this inquiry are also asked to get in touch."

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