Theft scum shut school

Headteacher of Anchorsholme primary school, Graeme Dow surveys the damage
Headteacher of Anchorsholme primary school, Graeme Dow surveys the damage

A FURIOUS headteacher has blasted the “scum” who forced his school to close after ripping copper piping from the roof.

Thieves stole metal from Anchorsholme Primary School, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage, flooding the roof and leaving the building with no running water.

It meant the Eastpines Drive school’s 600 pupils were forced to stay at home yesterday, causing chaos for hundreds of parents.

Enraged headmaster Graeme Dow said: “I am incensed. This is one of the most appalling things I’ve ever seen.

“To get a small amount of money these people have made 600 families make alternative arrangements for their children, which is absolutely appalling.

“These scum have to realise the impact of their actions on people.”

The theft meant staff arrived at the school yesterday to find the toilets, sinks and kitchen all out of action.

Builders working on new school buildings were quickly drafted in to carry out emergency repairs, but it is not clear how long it will take to fully repair the damage. Click here to register with The Gazette website to enable you to comment on stories.

Mr Dow added: “It’s the impact this will have had on families. I can picture the faces of all the parents wondering what on earth they were going to do and all the employers who have had people who can’t turn up.

“I’ve no idea how much it will cost to fix but it’s likely to be thousands.”

Parents had to be informed by text message the school was closed.

School governor and councillor Tony Williams funded a security camera for the school’s entrance last year, and is hopeful it might have caught the thieves in action.

He said: “I’m absolutely furious, these low-lives have no conscience whatsoever.

“They’ve not only threatened the safety of buildings they’ve disrupted education for hundreds of children.”

The thieves struck sometime between 10pm on Tuesday and 6.40am yesterday.

It is the latest in a long line of thefts by metal thieves .

Properties in Lancashire have been targeted more than 3,000 times in the last two years.

Collegiate School, in Blackpool, had lead stolen from it last summer while the congregation at St Annes Parish Church were left devastated after they were repeatedly targeted by metal thieves.

Community beat manager PC David Clarke said: “This is a serious offence which has had a devastating impact on the school which is currently undergoing a major refurbishment.

“The school is surrounded by homes and shops and I would appeal to anybody who witnessed anything suspicious in the area between 10pm on Tuesday and 6.40am on Wednesday to come forward and speak with police by calling 101.

“In particular I am keen to hear from anyone who heard any noises in the early hours of the morning or noticed any vehicles unusually parked outside nearby homes.”

Mr Dow said he hoped the school could be re-opened today.

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