A headteacher has today told of her upset after thieves broke into her primary school and stole more than £10,000 of equipment.
Roseacre Primary Academy headteacher Janet Carroll will now have to break the news to her pupils when they return from their half-term break that the school has fallen victim to criminals for the second time in three months.
The theft of 22 iPads and a MacBook – which are all used by the pupils in lessons – follows a vandal attack during the summer holidays.
Mrs Carroll said: “It’s all a bit unnerving – it leaves you feeling very vulnerable.
“I think it must be somebody who knows the building. They knew what they were doing.
“It was the door nearest to the staircase with all the IT equipment at the top and it’s relatively hidden from the road by trees.”
Police say the break-in at the school, on Stonyhurst Avenue, South Shore, took place last weekend, between Friday and Sunday.
Staff noticed the items had gone missing when they arrived on Monday.
The MacBook was used by the youngsters to make videos as part of class projects.
Mrs Carroll added: “The iPads are going to have to be spread quite thinly now and that’s going to limit what teachers can do in lessons.
“We don’t want anything we are not entitled to – we just want the items returning.
“It is just upsetting and disappointing that these things have been taken in the first place.”
And she said the theft had hit particularly hard after the school was targeted by vandals before the start of the current term.
Mrs Carroll added: “In August the nursery was broken into – that was just wanton vandalism.
“Now I just feel like I can’t relax. We’ve just got to get the place secure and feel safe again for when the children come back on Tuesday.”
Police are now appealing to residents to help them catch the people responsible.
It is thought the thieves may try to sell on the iPads and residents are urged to keep an eye out for suspicious offers.
PC Steve Higgs, of Blackpool Police, said: “The iPads contained children’s work which has now been lost and I would appeal to anyone who may have seen anything or who may have any information about this burglary to come forward and contact us.
“I would also ask if anybody has been offered an iPad at an unusually low price, or without its packaging, to get in touch with us.”
Anyone with information about it is asked to contact police on 101 or, alternatively, call the Crimestoppers hotline anonymously on 0800 555111.