Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 0°C

Search

Bardwell: Thieves steal £4,500 of laptops from primary school

PUBLISHED: 18:12 25 January 2013 | UPDATED: 18:31 25 January 2013

Two lorries stolen

Two lorries stolen

Archant

A FOURTH west Suffolk school has now been targeted by laptop thieves.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the burglary at Bardwell Primary School in School Lane, Bardwell, which happened overnight last night.

In total 20 Samsung netbook laptops, worth about £4,500, were taken from a metal cabinet in a classroom area.

Police are looking at any possible links between this crime and recent burglaries at Risby CEVC Primary School, Rougham Primary and Moulton CEVC Primary School which have happened in the past few weeks.

More than £20,000 of laptops have now been stolen.

Headteacher of Bardwell Primary, Caroline Clarke, said the school was upset and cross about the theft.

She said: “Obviously it’s happened to a number of schools so we were aware and were doing our best to keep an eye on things and keep the school as secure as possible, but there are obviously people out there who are looking for these things and they know what they are doing. It’s really sad, but it’s the children who lose out in the end.”

She said the school, which has 42 pupils, had had the laptops for about two years, adding how all the children used them.

“The children use them across the curriculum. Now ICT is such an important part of the curriculum,” she said.

The school does have computers the youngsters can use in the meantime and the laptops were covered by insurance, but Mrs Clarke said there would be a cost in putting all the software back on, as well as children’s work.

“So in terms of the disappointment and cost for the school it goes a lot further than the fact computers are gone and we can replace it. It’s not as simple as that really.”

She said the crime happened after the premises was left secure, adding it appeared to have been pre-meditated.

“I guess my advice to other schools would be to be very aware of comings and goings and what people are up to and who’s entering the premises and there are reasons for being there.”

The school is considering increased security measures such as padlocks on gates.

Nothing else seems to have been taken in the burglary.

Anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the area between yesterday at 6.40pm and today at 7.30am, has knowledge of the crime or the current whereabouts of the laptops should contact Pc Antony Orr at Bury St Edmunds police station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Related articles

A Second World War hand grenade has been destroyed in a controlled explosion after being handed in at Felixstowe Police Station by a member of the public.

An mother-of-six can continue keeping pets despite being convicted of mistreating a dog.

An A&E department in Suffolk had to close to ambulances for a temporary period because patient safety was at risk, it has been revealed.

Cash was stolen after an aggravated burglary in Brettenham where a liquid substance was thrown into a victim’s face.

A number of roads and rail lines remain closed in the aftermath of Storm David - here is a rundown of where to avoid on your trip home.

With various names having been ascribed to the gales that plagued Suffolk yesterday morning, there was some confusion as to what the storm was actually called.

Trees were torn down, roofs were ripped from houses in Essex this morning as fierce winds battered the county sparking traffic chaos.

Most read

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

London Boat Show 2018

cover

Click here to view
London Boat
Show supplement

View

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24