Warrant issued for Crook Inn metal thief
POLICE are on the hunt for a man who stole lead from the roof of the Crook Inn.
A 34-year-old has been identified in connection with the incidents which happened over the summer, and is the subject of an arrest warrant.
Campaigners for the Save the Crook, who are hoping to take over the remote inn, say the theft is a major blow to the community group's work.
Chairman of the Save the Crook, David Duncanson, spoke to the Peeblesshire News.
He said: "We've now got a temporary fix in place on the roof but we're going to have to look at a permanent measure that doesn't involve lead.
"At the moment we're waiting on estimates to come through, but it's going to cost thousands of pounds to be fixed.
"It's a real set back for us, it's just not what we need right now at this time in the campaign."
And the campaigners hope the metal stealing crook will be caught.
David added: "These things can be difficult, but I really hope the police can catch him."
Despite the set backs the fundraising has progressed towards their end of year total of £160,000 - having raised more than £100,000.
A new information brochure is to be launched and a grant has come through for a community leads project.
An assessment will see how the Crook Inn should be redesigned to meet the needs of locals.
Find out more about the Save the Crook Inn Campaign online at www.savethecrook.org.uk.
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