Thieves have stolen metal gates from private residence in Lanarkshire, Scotland, it has emerged.

The perpetrators escaped with the gates from a home in Coatbridge, according to a report in the STV Local News.

A former school located in Motherwell was also broken into, with the culprits stripping the building of its copper piping.

The thefts are part of a recent spate of criminal activity that has swept across Lanarkshire over the past few weeks.

Between the evening of Saturday September 24th and the early hours of Sunday September 25th, criminals targeted a listed church in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire.

The thieves climbed onto the roof of the 300-year-old New Monklands Parish Church in Glenmavis in order to steal the lead from the edges of the roof.

Essex's Sporting Village was also the site of a recent break-in, with thieves entering a changing room during a football match and escaping with a range of expensive goods including iPods, and mobile phones.

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