Thieves target lead from Page Park’s Clock Tower

Published on: 02 Dec 2013

ONE of Staple Hill’s most loved landmarks has been targeted by thieves.

Using ladders, they climbed up the historic Clock Tower in Page Park and made off with lead from the roof.

The incident happened between 9pm on Monday November 4 and 10am the following day.

Ian Boulton, Staple Hill councillor and chairman of South Gloucestershire Council, took to Twitter to urge anyone with information to contact the police.

He told Downend Voice: “This theft is an insult to all the people of Staple Hill who continue to work so hard to preserve our beautiful park for future generations. 

“If anyone has any information about who may be responsible I hope they do their duty to our community and contact the police.”

Shirley Potts, fellow Staple Hill councillor and founder of Friends of Page Park, urged residents to be vigilant.

“This is a fine historic feature which we hope to renovate and it’s vital that all residents in Staple Hill should keep a watchful eye to ensure this important landmark is maintained.” Lorna Carter-Stephens, chair of the Friends of Page Park, also expressed her dismay.

She said: “As a community voluntary group, members have given countless hours of their time to improve the quality of the lives of people in Staple Hill by providing facilities and events in the park.

“It is a huge disappointment when things like this happen.”

A spokesman from Avon and Somerset Police confirmed the theft: “Lead was stolen from the Clock Tower in Page Park between 9pm on November 4 and 10am the following morning,” he said.

“The theft is being investigated and we would appeal to anyone with information about the incident to contact Avon and Somerset Police on 101 and quote 110619/13.”

*If you are interested in joining Friends of Page Park or making a donation to the park please visit www.friendsofpagepark.co.uk

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