Parents, pupils and staff had a shock when they turned up at a school in Bolster Moor to find a hole in the roof.

Brazen thieves had stripped a sizeable section of tiles from the roof at Clough Head Junior and Infants School overnight on Monday.

The theft wasn’t discovered until the school opened as usual on Tuesday morning.

Assistant head teacher Richard Coates said: “We were a bit shocked when we arrived and saw the hole in the roof, where the tiles have been stolen.

Assistant Head Teacher Richard Coates and pupils Stanley Davies and Ben Brewster with roof stones stolen from Clough Head J&I School, Bolster Moor, Huddersfield, but left in the playground as the thieves were disturbed.
Assistant Head Teacher Richard Coates and pupils Stanley Davies and Ben Brewster with roof stones stolen from Clough Head J&I School, Bolster Moor, Huddersfield, but left in the playground as the thieves were disturbed.
 

“It’s a substantial section. A few tiles had fallen into the playground as well so we cordoned that off for safety reasons.

“The gap is above our main hall but we’ve had it checked and its fine to use as the felt is still covering the roof and the ceiling isn’t affected.

“We have reported the theft to the police and no entry was gained to the inside of the school.”

The theft is the latest in a series of incidents across the Huddersfield area in recent months.

Last month police in Linthwaite and Slaithwaite reported several incidents of stone being stolen.

Coping stones were stolen from walls and a number of stone flagstones were dug up and removed.

And Kirklees Council officials who look after the historic Victoria Tower on Castle Hill have been plagued with thefts.

They have had several of the stone flags surrounding the tower and on paths leading up the hill stolen.

Many are made of Yorkshire stone which is very valuable.

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