Gardai are appealing for information following two shocking thefts in Dunderry village last night where the local church and hall were targeted.
A copper lightning strip which ran from the bottom of the church to the top, across the roof and down the back was removed some time during the night. This was a large amount of copper and it would have taken considerable time.
Dunderry Hall was also targetted and in this case lead was stolen from the roof.
Considerable damage was caused to both premises. Gardai also say it would have created a lot of noise and there were are a number of broken slates on the ground.
The theft is believed to have taken place some time after midnight and was discovered this morning.
Trim Gardai are investigating and are appealing for anyone with information to contact Trim Garda Station on (046) 9431222 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800666111.
They are keen to speak to anybody who noticed suspicious activity either in the early hours of this morning or any suspicous vehicles in the area over the last number of days.
Scrap merchants are also being advised to be on the look out if they are offered copper or lead they suspect could be from this theft.
The theft comes just a week after telephone cables were cut down and stolen from the Drumconrath area. Some 400m of Eircom aerial telephone cable was stolen, leaving up to 40 customers without their phones for a number of days.
The cable is believed to have been stolen for its copper content.