Bolt cutter raiders caught by school’s new cameras

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A school is appealing for information after raiders were caught in the act by new security cameras.

CCTV at St Nicholas CE Primary School, Marton, captured footage of three suspects breaking into the property using bolt cutters and smashing windows in the school and pre-school.

The incident happened between 10.30pm and 11pm on Friday, October 4.

Police are now investigating the incident and the school has released images to appeal for anyone with information to come forward.

Headteacher Andrew Mellor appealed for people to help identify the would-be raiders.

He added: “We had CCTV put up in the last three months so we’ve got some fairly clear pictures of the characters.

“It’s just the mess it creates - the children think ‘are we safe in school?’ so beyond that it leaves you feeling a little bit vulnerable.

“But they didn’t take anything and the police and Blackpool Security arrived quickly.”

Police have said three offenders, wearing tracksuits and covering their faces, used bolt cutters to cut through a padlock on a gate to access the rear of the school.

They have then smashed windows into the pre-school and school, which set off alarms, with one climbing through to unlock a door to the others.

Mr Mellor added: “They’ve obviously come prepared.

“There’s footage of them climbing in but then the CCTV at the front of school shows police arriving and then they scarper.”

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “We are investigating but nothing was stolen from the school.”

Mr Mellor added: “We would appeal for anyone living on School Road or who was driving down there to come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

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