RAIDERS who targeted a Milngavie church building stripped the lead from its roof for the second time in less than a month.
Luckily on this occasion the thieves were disturbed before they could make off with the lead, that was found lying in the garden beside the Cairns Church office.
It was the second time the church has been targeted in recent weeks.
The Herald reported in mid November the theft of lead from the roof of the church hall, resulting in water damage costing thousands of pounds to repair.
Police say the latest attempted theft happened sometime overnight on Sunday December 2.
Vincent Brogan, a committee member at Cairns Church, believes it was the same people who have targeted the building on both occasions.
The church committee is holding talks with the police and surveyors in a bid to find a way to stop further attacks on the building.
Mr Brogan said: “They came back and took a lot of lead. I assume it was the same people.
“We’ve had discussions with crime prevention officers and we are going to stop using lead.
“There is a material we can use instead of lead that has no scrap value.”
He added: “At least the thieves didn’t get away with this load of lead.
“The police believe they were disturbed as it was left lying in the garden next to the church car park awaiting to be picked up.”
The church committee now plans to use a high performance roofing felt coated with solar reflective paint on the roof in a bid to prevent further thefts.
Meanwhile, police are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in or around the Buchanan Street area of Milngavie overnight on Sunday December 2 and Monday 3. They can be contacted at Milngavie Police Station on 0141 532 4000.