Metal thieves have stripped £70,000 worth of lead from the roof of Rotherham’s Clifton Park Museum.
The theft was discovered by staff when the roof started leaking during a rainfall. It was checked and it was discovered a large section of lead had been stolen..
Karl Battersby, director of environment and development services at Rotherham Council, which runs the museum, said:”Clearly we are very disappointed that thieves have targeted this historic building and caused damage which will cost many thousands of pounds to repair.
“Temporary repair work has been carried out and the museum remains open with staff continuing to welcome visitors. The council is in the process of signing up to the Alliance to Reduce Crime against Heritage, a new voluntary national network which will take forward initiatives to tackle heritage crime..
“We are also working with the police to help catch those responsible and would urge anyone with information to contact them.”
The museum won the Heritage and Conservation Award in the 2012 Landscape Institute Awards after an eight-year £7.5 million restoration project.