Pupils left devastated by computer thefts

CHORLEY GUARDIAN'Headteacher Sharon Bryson, right, with pupils, from left, Alex Woods, ten, Anna McNulty, ten, Alfie Sparks, eight, Charlotte Watkins, 11, and Molly Wignall-Smith, eight, are upset after a full cabinet of Netbooks were stolen at Gillibrand Primary School, Chorley.

CHORLEY GUARDIAN'Headteacher Sharon Bryson, right, with pupils, from left, Alex Woods, ten, Anna McNulty, ten, Alfie Sparks, eight, Charlotte Watkins, 11, and Molly Wignall-Smith, eight, are upset after a full cabinet of Netbooks were stolen at Gillibrand Primary School, Chorley.

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School raiders have left young pupils devastated after stealing their laptops.

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

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.

“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 and 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 as 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, worth hundreds of pounds.

One parents 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 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 come forward or ring on 101 with the reference number SC1501040.”