Penarth’s famous Coates Carter-designed All Saints Greater Church Hall has yet again been targeted by criminals who have stripped much of the the lead flashing from the roof.
All Saints Church and the greater and lesser church halls at Victoria Square are coming under under constant attack by anti-social vandals and robbers .
Local people say they never see a policeman in the area and the damage done to the property – often during the night – does become apparent until daylight the following day .
It’s understood there was no evening service at All Saints last Sunday and it’s thought the thieves moved in after dark that night.
An appalling trail of damage was in evidence when it became clear that thieves had torn sheets of lead from key roof-joins and rain channels – metal which is then probably sold on for scrap.
The cost of carrying out repairs is reckoned to be substantial.
It’s by no means the first time such thefts have occurred. One parishioner said this sort of raid has taken place several times over the years but Sunday’s raid is one of the worst.
The Greater Hall is still open and local organisations and groups are still having their bookings fulfilled – but the roof will need to be repaired as a matter of urgency before the winter rains come.