Lead thieves leave Burnley factory with £30,000 repair bill

Simon Payne at Qualiti Burnley Ltd. where lead has been stolen from the roof. Photo Ben Parsons

Simon Payne at Qualiti Burnley Ltd. where lead has been stolen from the roof. Photo Ben Parsons

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A FAMILY business has been left with a £30,000 bill following the theft of lead from its factory roof.

Qualiti Burnley Ltd, based in Talbot Street, Briercliffe, has been targeted by thieves for the second time in recent months after copper, also worth around £30,000, was stolen from the factory.

The family business owned by Mr Michael Payne packs pharmaceutical products at the former weaving mill.

Director Simon Payne, Michael’s son, said: “Thefts like this could close us down, it’s as simple as that.

“We employ 100 local people here and these thieves need to think about the consequences this can have on people’s livelihoods and their families.

“It is not long since copper was stolen from our factory which left us with a massive bill. We estimate this latest theft could be between £30,000 and £40,000. It has really hurt us and left a bitter taste in the mouth.”

Mr Payne said the lead theft must have happened in the last few weeks when workers realised some stones had been moved from the roof. He added that some schools had also been targeted nearby.

Mr Payne has offered a reward for the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

His son added: “Times are hard enough as it is at the moment so businesses can do without things like this. It is gutting.”

Anyone with information can call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.