Tayside and Central Scotland

Metal thieves strip £10,000 of lead from Angus mansion

Metal thieves have stripped up to £10,000 worth of lead from a Category A-listed Angus mansion, police said.

Officers are investigating after the owners of Seaview House in Monifieth reported the theft.

The thieves are thought to have used ladders to strip away metal from the roof of the property, on Hill Street, before driving it away in a vehicle.

The Victorian-era mansion was once used as a primary school, and the site is currently being redeveloped as housing.

A spokesman for site owners Tayfield Investments said the thieves must have conducted the raid in broad daylight due to the "very perilous" nature of the roof spaces targeted.

The firm is now looking at installing CCTV cameras and other security measures around the property.

Police confirmed that inquiries were continuing.

Victorian mansion

Seaview House was built in 1860 by James Fairweather Low of the Monifieth Foundry, and was designed by Dundee architect James McLaren.

The Victorian mansion had large grounds including a tennis court and an orchard.

In 1928 the Low family gifted the mansion to Angus Council for use as a school and it became known as Seaview Primary School.

After the town's new primary school was completed, the building was bought by local developers Tayfield Investments.

They plan to build four new houses on the two-acre grounds of the mansion, as well as restoring the A-listed building itself for occupation.

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