CALLOUS thieves left rain lashing into Motherwell Cathedral after stealing lead from the roof.
The building, on Coursington Road, was targeted some time between 7pm on Thursday and noon on Friday.
A police investigation has been launched after the culprits caused ‘significant’ damage to the building, especially to an area near the confessional boxes, as they grabbed their loot.
Heavy rain around the time of the theft meant the church, opened in 1900, was drenched.
Father Thomas Millar, administrator at the Cathedral, said the theft was especially disappointing as the church had funerals and weddings to prepare for.
He said: “They basically ripped the lead right off the roof and we had a large volume of rain pouring into the building for several hours.
“The paint work is all damaged, and there may be further problems as I think the sandstone brick may have absorbed some of the water.
“Thankfully, it was mostly cleared away quickly as we have had funerals and weddings on.
“We are waiting for quotes to see how much it will cost to repair, but you just think all this time and money will go into repairing it and they’ll do it again as there has been so many thefts of lead in the area.”
Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen someone acting suspiciously at the Cathedral at the time of the theft to come forward.
PC Ballantyne, of the local community safety department, said: “A theft of this kind can cause significant damage to historical buildings. I would therefore urge any person who has information regarding this crime to contact Motherwell police office on 01698 483000, or alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”