Thieves target school in £31k iPad robbery

The new buildings at Charles Saer Primary School, Fleetwood.
The new buildings at Charles Saer Primary School, Fleetwood.

A Fleetwood headteacher has spoken of her heartbreak after 71 iPads were stolen from her primary school during the summer.

Carolyn Thackway says Charles Saer School has been left devastated and is appealing to anyone who has information to come forward.

The iPad 2s and their leather cases were taken sometime during the summer holidays and were valued at £31,000. Some iPods were also taken.

She said: “We are absolutely devastated.

“The worst thing was, I found out right in the middle of a meeting we were having for the official hand over of the new school building.

“Everyone who has been involved with the new school was there, it should have been a lovely occasion.

“We are gutted for the children. The new technology was part of our vision for the new school and so far they had really benefited from it.

“It just makes me really sad, people are so mean, it’s just horrible.”

Throughout the summer, contractors have been busy finishing off the new school building in Grange Road, which was opened earlier in the year.

Police believe the culprits have taken the opportunity of the school being open and vulnerable during the works.

Fleetwood’s community beat manager, Sgt Dan Whittaker said: “This will have a significant impact on the learning process for children at the start of the new term.

“The iPads are traceable because we have the serial numbers and ‘find my iPad’ apps.

“We have started house to house enquiries in Grange Road and the surrounding area.

“I would urge anyone who uses iPads to use ‘find my iPad’ type applications because we have had property returned to their owners.”

The iPads were locked away when they were taken and police say it happened between July 24 and August 27.

If anyone is offered an iPad or has information ring 01253 876611 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting BC1303567.