BREAK-IN: Computers theft devastates Chorley pupils

UPSET: Headteacher Sharon Bryson at the now-empty cupboard where the computers were stored

UPSET: Headteacher Sharon Bryson at the now-empty cupboard where the computers were stored

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Cruel school raiders have left young pupils devastated after stealing their laptop computers.

Children were said to be “very upset” after the break-in at Gillibrand Primary School in Chorley.

We’re just really fed up because we try to provide the best for the children and all schools are finding finances tight and this just exacerbates the problem.

Sharon Bryson

The burglars got away with up to 30 Samsung NC10 Netbooks which children relied upon for writing and research, and were worth up to £2,000.

Head teacher Sharon Bryson said: “They use them in all lessons but also for research. Today they were intending to type up their entries for the 500 Words competition on Radio 2, so they’re struggling with that now.”

Nothing else was taken in the burglary.

Ms Bryson explained: “It happened early evening, around 8pm. The alarm went off and the security firm attended and contacted the police. They broke in through the girls’ toilet window. They made their way into the junior area.”

The Grosvenor Road school had to cope as best it could after the incident the following day as police looked for clues.

The head teacher added: “It’s disrupted the whole day because CSI were in and the children couldn’t get in the toilets.

“We couldn’t get in the hall when they came in this morning and the children had to get in the classroom through the firedoor. They are very upset.

“We’re just really fed up because we try to provide the best for the children and all schools are finding finances tight and this just exacerbates the problem.”

Ms Bryson suspects it could have been more than one raider who struck due to the size of the haul.

One parent said: “The children, including my son who is a pupil there, are devastated by the burglary.

“There have been lots of Facebook posts warning about the possible re-sale of this equipment locally.”

Pupils were so devastated they penned letters and posted them to the Post’s sister weekly, the Chorley Guardian, to show their feelings.

Chorley Police said the break-in took place between 7.50pm and 8.30pm on Tuesday, February 24.

A spokesperson said: “We are appealing for any witnesses or persons with information about the whereabouts of these Netbooks to please come forward or ring on 101 with the reference number SC1501040.”