Play gear stolen from school

A HEADTEACHER says children at his school have been left devastated after heartless thieves broke in a storage shed and stole toys and equipment.

St John Vianney School, in King Oswy Drive, Hartlepool, was targeted by the criminals who sneaked into the grounds and managed to break into an outdoor shed that houses educational and fun items for the children. A canopy was also damaged in the raid.

Once inside, the raiders stole thousands of pounds worth of equipment and then made off.

Staff who turned up at the school on Monday morning realised the crime had been committed and contacted police.

Headteacher John Hardy said he was “disappointed and upset” by the incident, which is believed to have happened at some point over the weekend.

He added: “They prised open one of the sheds and stole little trikes, balls, toys and other equipment that the children in day care and the nursery like to play with on a daily basis.

“These are babies and children up to four year of age.

“It’s very upsetting when you’ve worked as hard as we have to build up a successful setting and relationship with the community that people from our community can do this.

“It’s disappointing to think that there are people out there who don’t appreciate that.”

A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: “We received reports that there was a break-in at St John Vianney School and toys were stolen from an outdoor storage shed.

“The incident was reported to us on Monday morning. We would appeal for anyone who saw anything suspicious over the weekend, or who knows who is responsible for the crime to get in touch.”

Anyone with any information should contact PC Matthew Kenning on (01642) 302110.