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Lead thieves target historic building

PUBLISHED: 15:58 29 February 2008 | UPDATED: 10:42 11 August 2010

The Oaks...built in 1847

The Oaks...built in 1847

THIEVES have vandalised the Grade II-listed Oaks Centre in Collier Row Road, the former 19th century school. Masses of lead tiles have been removed from the roof of the derelict building, leaving it exposed to wind and rain. Historian, Keith Langridge, fr

THIEVES have vandalised the Grade II-listed Oaks Centre in Collier Row Road, the former 19th century school.

Masses of lead tiles have been removed from the roof of the derelict building, leaving it exposed to wind and rain.

Historian, Keith Langridge, from Chadwell Heath, believes the lead is being sold to scrap metal traders.

He said: "These criminals should not only go to prison - they should do four months of community work.

"With the roof exposed like that, it will be very costly to repair the building."

The former school and youth club, which was erected in 1847, has been closed for decades.

It has recently been saved from demolition to make way for a residential care home.

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