21st Oct, 2019

Lessons scrapped after iPads stolen in late-night burglary at Solihull school

Felix Nobes 3rd Jul, 2019

A BURGLAR who broke into a Solihull school and stole iPads used by children was an adult involved in the community, a headteacher fears.

The shocking incident happened in the early hours of yesterday morning (July 2) at Marston Green Junior School in Station Road, Solihull.

The contents of the school’s ‘iPad trolley’ was stolen – prompting fury on social media from parents.

And in a letter, headteacher Lynn Clark raises fears that an adult with an association to the school could be responsible.

The letter states: “I am appalled to have to inform parents that MGJS was the victim of a burglary between 2am and 2.40am this morning.

“Pupils have been informed about this crime as part of the school has had to be sealed off.

“Having viewed our CCTV, the perpetrator came well prepared with bolt cutters and it is very clear that they had an EXCELLENT knowledge of the school premises.

“Using ‘heavy-duty’ bolt cutters, they stole the entire contents of an iPad trolley.

“Police have attended the crime scene today to take fingerprints and view CCTV.

“As a result, some classes have been unable to do their Computing lessons today.

“It is disappointing for parents to know that valuable equipment purchased for their children has been stolen and it is evident from CCTV that it is an adult in our community who knows the layout of the school.

“Just a reminder… We always ask parents to be supportive and not leave any valuable items overnight on the school premises as this attracts such undesirable thieves onto the premises to steal our pupils’ learning resources.”

An angry parent Heather Saville posted on Facebook saying: “Thanks to someone, our kids have had all the iPads stolen from school.

“To steal from kids is the lowest of the low!”

A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: “Police were called after iPads were stolen during a burglary at Marston Green Junior School, Station Road, Marston Green, between 2 to 3am on Tuesday (July 2).

“Anyone with information is asked to contact police via Live Chat at www.west-midlands.pnn.police.uk between 8am and midnight or call on 101 anytime. Quote crime reference number 20SH/155944W/19.”

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