Bus shelter slates stolen in Wothorpe

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A BUS shelter has been stripped of its valuable Collyweston slate roof tiles.

The shelter near to the entrance of Second Drift, Wothorpe, is missing half of its tiles following the theft at the end of last week.

A villager realised they were missing from the back of the shelter on Friday morning and notified the parish council.

The police have since been informed and officers from Peterborough City Council are due to visit the shelter to assess the cost of repairing the roof.

Wothorpe parish councillor, John Lawrence said it was difficult to pinpoint exactly when the tiles were taken as there were several vehicles parked near the shelter last week while Second Drift was being resurfaced, blocking sight of it from the village.

He said: “Our best guess is that the tiles were taken sometime between late afternoon on Wednesday and early on Friday. It also looks like there are huge tyre tracks in the field behind it.”

Peterborough City Council is responsible for maintaining the shelter and a decision on how to repair it will be made once officers have visited the site.

Collyweston slate is no longer mined so is difficult to source and often reserved for restoring old buildings.

A spokesman from Manor Roofing, in Deeping St James, said purchasing and installing Collyweston slate tiles can cost up to three times as much as other types of roof tiles.

He estimated repairing a bus shelter roof with Collyweston slate could cost up to £2,500 rather than around £800 for other materials.

Witnesses should contact police on 0845 456 456 4.