Nursery tots’ flash happy!

Staff and children from Bluebell Lodge Nursery, South Shore, have been donated money for a new camera to replace one stolen during a break in

Staff and children from Bluebell Lodge Nursery, South Shore, have been donated money for a new camera to replace one stolen during a break in

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These toddlers are snap happy after supermarket staff donated money for them to replace cameras stolen when their nursery was broken into.

Children and staff at Bluebell Lodge Nursery on St Annes Road, South Shore, were left heartbroken after a callous thief stole cameras and money they had fund-raised.

Now they are able to replace the equipment thanks to a £50 voucher donated by staff at Morrisons off Squires Gate Lane.

Nursery manager Anne Smithen said: “We were gutted [when we were broken into], I felt they’d violated the children’s safe space.

“How could someone come into a nursery and do that? The parents were disgusted.”

The nursery was targeted in the early hours of July 20, when raiders broke into the property and ransacked the office before making off with the equipment and money.

The children are now busy raising more money to replace more than £100 stolen, in the hope of buying themselves a summer house.

And when the community committee at Morrisons heard about the children’s plight they pledged a donation.

Kurtis Reid, community committee leader, said: “I thought it was outrageous and disgusting what happened.

“We don’t sell cameras in store but we sell giftcards so we’ve given them one.

“I know how upsetting a break in can be, hopefully it’ll give them that positivity back.”

Ms Smithen added: “We were really excited about the donation.

“It makes us feel a lot happier and that there are good people out there.”

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “Police are continuing to investigate the burglary at Bluebell Lodge Nursery.

“A 29-year-old woman has been spoken to having voluntarily attended a police station and we are continuing to make enquiries.”

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