Police have launched an investigation after lead was stolen from the roof of a village primary school.
The theft at Aldourie Primary School, outside Inverness, was first spotted on Thursday evening and has resulted in the removal of approximately 80-90% of the roof’s leadwork.
Fears have been raised that the primary school, which serves children from the communities of Dores and Scaniport, will now be vulnerable to water damage until repairs can be undertaken.
The 19th-century building is completed by a slated roof with the lead flashing covering ridges to prevent water and wind from entering the school.
Highland Council said yesterday the incident had been reported to police.
A police spokeswoman said officers are investigating.
She added: “We received a report of a theft from a primary school in Inverness around 5.50pm on Thursday June 4 2020.
“Inquiries are ongoing.”
Thirty-two pupils attend Aldourie, which is located near to Dores on the banks of Loch Ness.
Highland Council leader, and Aird and Loch Ness councillor Margaret Davidson appealed for anybody with information to come forward to assist police with their inquiries.
She said: “Thefts like this when we are in lockdown really disappoint and affect people.
“It also makes the school vulnerable to damage from such as wind and rain.
“I am sure the police will move quickly on this.
“Any local people who have any information, please come forward.”