Thieves who stole thousands of pounds of laptops from Leyland schoolchildren have been branded “the lowest of the low”.
More than 50 laptops were taken from Woodlea Junior School in Leyland after an intruder broke into the building between 7pm on Thursday and 5.45am on Friday.
Police said the culprits gained access via the main entrance in Woodlea Road and stole 39 Toshiba laptops, six Lenova laptops, 20 red gloss Toshiba notebooks, two silver Samsung laptops and a safe.
Matthew Tomlinson, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said the thieves should think about the impact of their actions.
County Coun Tomlinson, who represents Leyland Central, said: “Whoever steals from children is the lowest of the low really and obviously this is a real blow to the school.
“Whoever has done this ought to think about it because all they have done is steal from schoolchildren.
“We will be talking to the school as soon as we can to see what we can put right.”
Fred Heyworth, chairman of the school’s board of governors and a councillor for the Lowerhouse ward, said he was “very disappointed”.
Coun Heyworth said: “This is vital equipment that is necessary for the children’s education. You can’t recoup the work that was on there once it’s been taken.
“I can’t understand the mentality of people doing things like this - it’s absolutely atrocious, quite frankly.
“The school I can assure you is left secure when all the staff leave. We’ve got a very conscientious caretaker, who ensures everything is as it should be.
“If and when they catch the perpetrators, I hope the punishment fits the crime.”
Police appealed for information about the theft.
Sgt John Ainscough said: “Whoever is responsible for this has stolen thousands of pounds worth of laptops which are used by children at the school.
“I am keen to hear from anybody with any information which they think could assist our investigation.
“I would also like to speak with anyone who thinks they may have been offered one of these laptops for sale.
“Anyone amount of information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could be crucial to our enquiries.”
It is not the first time the school has been the target of crime. In July, vandals smashed some of its windows, causing £2,000 of damage.
Anybody with any information can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.