School shock af­ter break-in

Wilmslow Express - - NEWS - KAREN BRIT­TON karen.brit­ton@men­ @KarenBrit­ton1

AS­CHOOL com­mu­nity is in shock af­ter thieves broke in and stole iPads used by the chil­dren.

Par­ents and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity re­acted with anger af­ter of­fend­ers broke into Lacey Green Pri­mary Academy and stole com­puter equip­ment in­clud­ing dozens of iPads used for learn­ing.

The tablet com­put­ers were bought af­ter years of fundrais­ing by staff and gov­er­nors and head­teacher Lor­raine Doo­ley said will be

it tough to re­place them.

Mrs Doo­ley said: “We worked ex­tremely hard to raise funds to pur­chase the equip­ment.

“This in­ci­dent has had a dra­matic ef­fect on both the Academy and the chil­dren.

“The equip­ment has be­come an in­te­gral part of the day-to-day learn­ing within all as­pects of the cur­ricu­lum from Re­cep­tion to Year 6.

“The staff and gov­ern­ing body are ex­tremely up­set about how any­body can do this to chil­dren’s learn­ing.

“We felt that we had taken all the rel­e­vant pre­cau­tions to se­cure the equip­ment in­clud­ing locked metal cab­i­nets, move­ment sen­sors and barred win­dows.

“Un­for­tu­nately, the sus­pects were determined in their quest to get what they wanted.”

Mrs Doo­ley said the gov­er­nors have in­vested in data pro­tec­tion and en­cryp­tion soft­ware and taken steps since the rob­bery to en­sure data is se­cure.

Po­lice were called to a re­port of a bur­glary at the school, on Bar­low Road in Wilm­slow, at 11.40pm on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 3.

Par­ents posted shocked mes­sages on the Wilm­slow Ex­press Face­book page.

Elaine Winks Richard­son said: “This is aw­ful news. How low can you get?”

Jenny Pep­per said: “I am so gut­ted for all

‘This in­ci­dent has had a dra­matic ef­fect on both the Academy and the chil­dren’

in­volved.” Char­lotte Gribben said: “What aw­ful news. Hate the thought of a school be­ing bro­ken into.”

Po­lice are ap­peal­ing for any­one with in­for­ma­tion to con­tact 101 quot- ing in­ci­dent num­ber 947 of Fe­bru­ary 3 or Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

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Determined thieves stole a num­ber of iPads used by pupils at Lacey Green Pri­mary Academy in Wilm­slow dur­ing a break-in last week

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