CHILDREN have been left devastated by heartless thieves who have twice targeted their school and stolen thousands of pounds worth of valuable i-Pad computers.
Youngsters from Chesswood Middle School have condemned the theft of nine computers and two video cameras, which happened on Tuesday, March 5, and Wednesday, March 13.
Parents believe the thefts may have been committed by someone who had strong knowledge of the site and its internal security.
The Herald spoke to a number of pupils at the school in Chesswood Road, who had been left saddened by the targeted thefts.
The thieves used ramps placed against a neighbouring property to gain access to the school. They then forced its rear door locks and smashed security safes in which the i-Pads had been stored.
One nine-year-old pupil said: “It’s surprising that someone has the audacity to come and do this to the school twice.
“This is a real shame as it has helped us with our learning.”
A year-seven pupil added: “We came in to school to discover that people had broken in and stolen i-Pads which we all had access to.
“It’s been really frustrating as we have now lost more than £3,200 worth of equipment.”
While a 10-year-old student said: “There were people in our class who had difficulty writing and the i-Pads really helped them, so this has made me quite sad they have been stolen.”
Head teacher Andrew Jolley revealed parents were furious. “Both staff and parents at the school have been deeply angered by this. We have likened this to stealing from a church, it is just something you don’t do,” he said.
“We have now had to spend even more on extra CCTV security, even though the school had good security.”
Police are appealing for information in light of the two incidents, which have caused considerable disruption to lesson planning, as teachers have turned to insurance companies to deal with replacement of the stolen equipment.
Anyone with any information should contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 229 of 5/3. Sussex Police would also like to hear from anyone who may have been offered an iPad for sale recently.