Police and Crime Commissioner urges public to help find thieves behind raids on Chasetown Community School

People have been urged to come forward with information on the criminals behind a “devastating” series of burglaries at a Burntwood school.

Thieves targeted Chasetown Community School three times in as many weeks, stealing computers, iPads and money raised by students for the Poppy Appeal.

A security firm has since stepped in to upgrade the doors at the school, which caters for students with social, emotional and mental health needs.

Matthew Ellis

Matthew Ellis

Commissioner Matthew Ellis has since met with teachers to reassure them that officers are doing all they can to track down the culprits – and he has urged anyone with information to come forward.

“This series of break-ins has had a devastating impact on Chasetown Community School,” he said. “The equipment and money stolen and the damage caused to the school has, understandably, left staff and students feeling upset and angry.

“I would strongly urge anybody who has any information in connection with these break-ins to come forward and speak to Staffordshire Police or CrimeStoppers so that the individuals responsible are caught and brought to justice.”

Chasetown Community School head teacher, Linda James, said the incidents had caused stress for the students.

“These break-ins have had a devastating effect on staff, who are putting on brave faces for the children at the school who are even more affected as their iPads are so personal to them,” she said. “Our younger children have taken this very personally, especially as money for the Poppy Appeal was taken.”

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