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School closed after ‘distressing’ break in

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 09, 2014

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A BURTON primary school was forced to shut its doors to pupils for an entire day after thieves broke in and took expensive items from the site.

A safe and 16 iPads were taken from St Modwen’s Catholic Primary School in the early hours of this morning, after offenders got in through a window and damaged a number of doors.

Parents received a text before school today telling them the site would be closed to children up to year five because of ‘an incident’ the previous night.

Head teacher Amanda Newbold said: “This morning we were shocked to learn that our school had been broken into.

“It saddens me that people would steal from our school, damage classrooms and ultimately directly impact on our children’s education. However, we have a very strong school community, so I know we will overcome this and become even stronger as a result.”

A forensics van was spotted at the Belvoir Road school this morning, fuelling speculation from parents who had been left in the dark about why the site was closed to all but year six pupils.

One disgruntled father, who asked not to be named, said: “We just woke up to a text message informing us that the school was closed due to ‘an incident’ – it said no more than that.

“Of course, the mind races – and when we heard there was a forensics van parked outside the gossip and rumour mill just sparked up.

“I’d have thought it would have been much better for the school to let everyone know that there was nothing to worry about in the first place.”

Police confirmed enquiries were ongoing into the incident.

Councillor Ben Adams, Staffordshire County Council cabinet member for learning and skills, said the authority was offering as much support as possible to the school.

He added: “Fortunately break ins at schools happen very rarely, however it is still distressing when it does happen. These people are not only breaking the law, they are impacting on children’s education at a time of increased pressure on school budgets. I know St Modwen’s is a resilient school, and I am confident that they will not let these selfish actions affect the wider school community.”

Police said they received a call about the break in at 1.50am on Friday. Anyone with any information is asked to contact officers on 101, quoting incident number 31 of May 9.

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