A community library has been flooded with rain water after thieves stole tiles and industrial cladding from its roof overnight.

The Friern Barnet Library, which has been run solely by volunteers since it was closed by Barnet Council in 2012, says it will not be able to reopen before Friday.

Parts of the building are flooded and the electrics have been deemed unsafe, forcing trustees to cancel a series of weekly events run at the building.

The Times Series has been unable to contact any of the trustees but understands the theft occurred overnight after a public meeting was held in the Friern Barnet Road library yesterday evening.

A statement on the library’s website reads: “Our library has been attacked by thieves who have removed tiles and flashing (industrial cladding) from the roof.  We are now closed due to flooding and unsafe electrics. 

“We hope to open on Friday, but this will be dependent on repairs being possible. We will have to pay for the damages upfront and seek to be reimbursed by the London Borough of Barnet, but we may also have to consider donations for a flood fund from you to help cover the costs.

“Many thanks in advance for your patience and understanding. Once things are back to normal, we will update you with the opening times and any information such as the need for fundraising.”