Thieves target historic Queensferry church

Rev Terry Harkins of Priory Churc
Rev Terry Harkins of Priory Churc
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Police are appealing for information following a theft of lead from a Queensferry church.

The historic Priory Church on Hopetoun Road fell victim to thieves who made off with around 20 metres of lead from the roof.

The lead flashing was replaced a decade ago as part of a £400,000 restoration project.

At the time, the congregation was concerned over the use of lead but Historic Scotland stated it should be used.

A distraught Reverend Terry Harkin said this week: ‘‘We do not have an actual cost for the damage but we believe it will run into thousands of pounds.

‘‘Our church does not have the cash to repair the damage and we will have to start looking for grants and to the community for possible 
assistance in finding the money needed to ensure that the roof is made watertight.

‘‘We hope to have the roof looked at before the end of the week so emergency repairs can be carried out before the winter weather really sets in.’’

A police spokeswoman said: ‘‘The theft took place sometime between 12.30pm on Sunday, November 17, and 2pm on Wednesday, November 20. Inquiries are continuing but if anyone has information contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crime-stoppers on 0800 555 111.’’