Thieves target two Colne schools

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Criminals failed to ruin Christmas at two Colne schools despite ransacking premises during a night raid this week.

Thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused to Christ Church CE Primary School in Keighley Road and at Newtown Nursery in West Street after thieves broke their way in on Monday night using a pick axe.

We believe the two incidents are linked but that is all I can say at the moment

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Police are still establishing the extent of property stolen but a laptop had been taken from the nursery.

Both have been broken into before and for Christ Church, it is the second Christmas in a row.

However, it was not enough to stop Christmas being enjoyed as the school’s infant production of “Angel Express” was full steam ahead on Tuesday night.

Meanwhile at the nursery, Christmas parties went ahead as planned too.

Christ Church Headteacher Andrew Peers said: “The show must go on and it did.

“Nothing has been taken on this occasion thankfully but there is a lot of damage.

“It has been pretty awful for the Reception children as there was a lot of smashed glass in their classroom, but largely they have been shielded from it all.”

Sgt Kim de Curtis said: “This is a callous crime which has caused children, parents and staff a considerable amount of upset.

“It’s not just what has been taken, it’s the damage caused by smashing through windows and internal doors. Both are repeat victims.

“We believe a pick axe has been used to break in but at this point we don’t know exactly what has been stolen due to the state in which both places were left in.

“An investigation is currently ongoing. We believe the two incidents are linked but that is all I can say at the moment.”

Anybody with information about either incident can call police on 101 or alternatively call the Crimestoppers hotline anonymously on 0800 555 111.