School raided twice in a week
Cold-hearted thieves have caused major disruption at Moulton Primary School after raiding the site twice in a week.
Thieves first struck at the Church Hill school between 6.30pm on Monday, January, 15, and 6.30am the following morning stealing 15 laptops, valued at around £450 each, from the building’s new ICT suite.
Damage was also caused to a window the thieves used to break into the building.
“We had only just inherited the laptops from the closed middle schools. They hadn’t even been connected up to school’s intranet,” said Naomi Snowdon, headteacher.
“There were the only laptops we had in the whole school. Although they were not brand new they were good enough for what we needed them for. The children were really excited about getting to use them.”
The theft has meant that the school will now have to delay opening its new compute room, much to the disappointment of both the staff and children.
“The staff are devastated as we were going to open up the new ICT room within the next couple of weeks but that has now had to be put on hold,” said Mrs Snowdon.
“Something like this has huge impact on the school. The children are very shocked as this is supposed to be a safe place for them.”
Moves are now been made by the school to replace the laptops, but Mrs Snowdon has warned this could take time.
“We didn’t have the budget for the laptops in the first place so we were delighted when we received them,” said Mrs Snowdon.
“We do have insurance on the laptops but their is a lot of hassle involved in replacing them.”
The school was hit a second time between 6.30pm Thursday, and 6.30am the following morning when a small grey safe containing a small amount of cash, cheque books and cash cards was stolen from the main office.
“We are a very close knit community and to be hit twice like this just does not feel nice,” said Mrs Snowdon.
“Although not much was taken in terms of monetary value it is just the inconvenience of having to use money from our budget to fix the front door that was broken to replace the safe.”
Anyone with information on either theft should contact Suffolk Police on 101.
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