THIEVES left a trail of destruction after ripping thousands of pounds worth of lead off a roof at Netherton Primary School.
Staff were shocked to discover extensive flooding last week after the mindless criminals had made off with a £4,000 loot.
The theft is the latest in a string of similar incidents in the Motherwell area.
Lead was stolen from a gully area at the back of the school, which was built in 1912.
The repair bill is likely to run into thousands of pounds as heavy rain poured into the building, damaging furniture, various fixtures and fittings and carpets, over the weekend.
Meanwhile, Clyde Valley Housing Association has slammed thieves for targeting its properties in Empire Way, Motherwell.
Lead has been stolen from six homes - five housing adults with special needs - since July.
And the Association is counting the cost, with repairs and replacement materials costing between £2,500 and £3,000 per home.
For full story, see this week’s Motherwell Times, dated Thursday, October 13.