Anger at theft of ‘priceless’ equipment donated for pupils

Isabel Roberts at the door of her garden shed
Isabel Roberts at the door of her garden shed

A SCHOOL governor returned from a dream holiday to find cruel burglars had raided her shed of “priceless” equipment meant for pupils.

Isabel Roberts, 62, a governor at Horden’s Yohden Primary School for 30 years, and her husband George, 63, had just returned from a three-week holiday in Florida when they discovered gardening tools and accessories had been stolen from their coalshed in Ninth Street.

The school has won environmental awards in the international Eco Schools programme, with help from tools donated by Wilkinson, in Peterlee. Isabel, also a Horden Parish councillor, discovered the break-in around 12.30pm on October 10.

She said: “To us it’s worth a lot. For the school to buy it would cost a fortune. It’s just not nice when our children help to make the community nice and that someone has done this. The fact they have taken things for the bairns, that’s what’s got me.”

It is thought entry was gained to the yard via a back wall and locks were broken to gain access.

PC Paul Gooden, of Peterlee Police, said: “It is suspected the culprits knew the Roberts’ were on holiday at the time. Not only have the Roberts suffered but the local kids have too.” Anyone with information should call PC Gooden on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, quoting EE1302505.