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Monday, 21 April 2014

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Pupils left feeling unsafe after yobs ransack Carlisle primary school

Pupils at a primary school have been left “feeling unsafe” after yobs smashed their way into the building.

Pennine Way damage photo
Teaching assistant Carol Scott at one of the broken windows

Burglars broke into Pennine Way Primary, in Silverdale Road, Harraby, Carlisle. They made off with two desktop computers and a laptop and destroyed school work on display in the classroom.

Headteacher Sue Blair said the crime has had a dramatic effect on pupils and staff.

“For the children it causes anxiety because they feel their safe space has been compromised,” said Mrs Blair. “They don’t feel as safe because of this. Staff are just really angry.”

The burglars broke three windows to get into the school’s year three classroom.

Mrs Blair said staff went into the school on Monday morning to find glass all over the floor.

They also found the burglars had caused a lot of damage to the children’s schoolwork, which was on display in the room.

“It’s just so mindless,” said Mrs Blair.

She estimated that the burglars had caused around £5,000 worth of damage.

Staff tidied up so that children could carry on with lessons this week. This has included boarding up the smashed windows.

But there will be a longer term implication for the school.

“Our insurance premiums are going to go up,” said Mrs Blair. “Money is going to go there when we needed it for the children.”

A police officer investigating the crime, PC Simon Amos, said: “Breaking into a school and stealing property is not just distressing for the teachers but also for the pupils who go to the school.”

He added: “We are encouraging anyone who has any information about the incident or seen anything suspicious in the area over the weekend, from Friday July 6 until Monday July 9, to phone us immediately on 101.”

Anyone with information can also contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Hope the scum bags who done this are caught soon. Why wreck the work the little ones have done? Absolutely disgusting behaviour, shame on you... Also @Christopher i totally agree with you, the children shouldn't know. I'm sure they could think of something else to tell them instead of telling them some creep broke in and wrecked their work and stole their computers, no wonder they're scared!!!

Posted by Ange on 13 July 2012 at 03:27

The pupils should not even know about it tbh, the school should have an it policy where backups are made and restored and if the pupils ask say that they are being reparied, why scare children?

Posted by Christopher on 12 July 2012 at 10:54

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