Brownshore Pre-School Playgroup has been raided by thieves who escaped with petty cash and brand new tablets after they had seen them on Facebook.
The setting had its windows smashed in the raid which was similar to that at Wolverhampton’s Eastfield Nursery School.
The break-in happened last weekend and saw windows to the main office smashed. It was from here that the cash box was stolen and 2 brand new Hudl tablets were stolen; these had only recently been presented to the setting by Tesco.
Lynn Taylor, Committee member, said:
“The tablets were the first technology we really had at Brownshore, so it was a really important thing. We’d posted on our Facebook page about them, so it’s clear the thieves must have known exactly what they were looking for.”
“It’s disgusting what the world is coming to. We now have to look into increasing the security, which is more money that could have gone on the children.”
The nursery is run mainly on funds from fundraising but fortunately no funds were held at the setting.
The items had been kept in the office, one of the few places in the pre-school without an alarm sensor. Ms Taylor said:
“They probably thought we kept all that on site as well. They only got around £10 that we kept for petty cash. It’s not a lot, but it’s the principle,”
“We struggle to meet our operation costs. Both parents and staff have been devastated by this break-in.”
The community rallies around!
The nursery was cordoned off on Monday, but remained open and Tesco have agreed to donate a further 2 tablets to the setting. Local company Oxley Glass has also offered to fix the windows free of charge and Fife Installations and Maintenance donated and fitted a new alarm sensor for the main office.
How important is it to have a community which is supportive to local settings when they need a helping hand?