Thieves take laptops in burglary at school

First published in Echo News

THOUSANDS of pounds of equipment was stolen by burglars who targeted a special school.

Cedar Hall School, in Hart Road, Thundersley, was hit over the Easter holidays with laptops and overhead projectors stolen after a window was smashed.

Headteacher Peter Whelan and deputy head Nick Maxwell’s laptops were taken.

The thieves also broke into a cupboard to steal petty cash from the school’s Youth Club fund.

Mr Whelan said the stolen items, which he thought included several snooker cues, would cost about £5,000 to replace.

He said the caretaker walked into the school on Sunday, April 20 to find a window smashed, doors damaged and the property missing.

He said: “Obviously this is a very unpleasant thing to happen at the school. I spoke to all the children after they returned from their school holidays and some of them were very distressed.

“Children with autism were particularly affected as they found it hard to understand the thieves were no longer in the school.

“I have spoken to the parents in a newsletter.”

Mr Whelan confirmed no private student details were on the stolen laptops.

The school was undergoing repairs at the time of the breakin after flooding affected the main hall.

One mother said she was very shocked to hear about the breakin from her 13-year-old daughter, Ella.

Kerry Green said: “Ella has autism and was very upset to hear the school had been burgled.

She is very sensitive and immediately felt frightened.

“I feel appalled the school was broken into.”

An Essex Police spokesman said: “We are investigating the circumstances around the break-in.

“A forensic investigation wascarried out and anyone with any information should contact Southend police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.”

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6:57am Tue 29 Apr 14

sesibollox says...

Poor security
Poor security sesibollox
  • Score: -5

7:28am Tue 29 Apr 14

Adrenaline_Junkie says...

Easy money. Stick them on Ebay and they should get a couple of grand.
Easy money. Stick them on Ebay and they should get a couple of grand. Adrenaline_Junkie
  • Score: -4

11:23am Tue 29 Apr 14

danger2013 says...

Yes sounds like a nice little earner. Schools are always insured so no harm done here.
Yes sounds like a nice little earner. Schools are always insured so no harm done here. danger2013
  • Score: -4

12:19pm Tue 29 Apr 14

keith_l says...

danger2013 wrote:
Yes sounds like a nice little earner. Schools are always insured so no harm done here.
The school will still need to pay the excess, which is likely to be in 4 figures.
[quote][p][bold]danger2013[/bold] wrote: Yes sounds like a nice little earner. Schools are always insured so no harm done here.[/p][/quote]The school will still need to pay the excess, which is likely to be in 4 figures. keith_l
  • Score: 1

1:22pm Tue 29 Apr 14

I care about rayleigh says...

All thieves are scum. I understand Cedar Hall is a special school so maybe scum is too polite a word for these thieves.
All thieves are scum. I understand Cedar Hall is a special school so maybe scum is too polite a word for these thieves. I care about rayleigh
  • Score: 8

5:08pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Adrenaline_Junkie says...

I care about rayleigh wrote:
All thieves are scum. I understand Cedar Hall is a special school so maybe scum is too polite a word for these thieves.
How can you call shoplifters scum? Maybe they are just trying to put food on the table for their family but can't afford it?
[quote][p][bold]I care about rayleigh[/bold] wrote: All thieves are scum. I understand Cedar Hall is a special school so maybe scum is too polite a word for these thieves.[/p][/quote]How can you call shoplifters scum? Maybe they are just trying to put food on the table for their family but can't afford it? Adrenaline_Junkie
  • Score: -1

9:00pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

Adrenaline_Junkie wrote:
Easy money. Stick them on Ebay and they should get a couple of grand.
You are utterly obnoxious. How on earth do you live with yourself

Sick b**tard
[quote][p][bold]Adrenaline_Junkie[/bold] wrote: Easy money. Stick them on Ebay and they should get a couple of grand.[/p][/quote]You are utterly obnoxious. How on earth do you live with yourself Sick b**tard Kim Gandy
  • Score: 0

9:04pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

danger2013 wrote:
Yes sounds like a nice little earner. Schools are always insured so no harm done here.
My god we have a BOGOF here, two pieces of detritus for the price of one.

No harm done? Did you not read the report? What about the distress caused to these children - and the fear? That's not harmful then?

However the one thing you can be sure of when you put cr@p like that out into the universe is that it will come back very soon and bite you on the @rse.

Let's hope it's not long before YOUR life is disrupted. I'm expecting your payback will come very soon.

Years ago, your sort would have been locked up in an asylum with views like that.

Cretins.
[quote][p][bold]danger2013[/bold] wrote: Yes sounds like a nice little earner. Schools are always insured so no harm done here.[/p][/quote]My god we have a BOGOF here, two pieces of detritus for the price of one. No harm done? Did you not read the report? What about the distress caused to these children - and the fear? That's not harmful then? However the one thing you can be sure of when you put cr@p like that out into the universe is that it will come back very soon and bite you on the @rse. Let's hope it's not long before YOUR life is disrupted. I'm expecting your payback will come very soon. Years ago, your sort would have been locked up in an asylum with views like that. Cretins. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 0

9:05pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

Adrenaline_Junkie wrote:
I care about rayleigh wrote:
All thieves are scum. I understand Cedar Hall is a special school so maybe scum is too polite a word for these thieves.
How can you call shoplifters scum? Maybe they are just trying to put food on the table for their family but can't afford it?
Cr@p.

You cannot use that argument to justify everything.

There are people on the breadline in this country but they don't steal.#

And they certainly don't steal from innocent children.
[quote][p][bold]Adrenaline_Junkie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I care about rayleigh[/bold] wrote: All thieves are scum. I understand Cedar Hall is a special school so maybe scum is too polite a word for these thieves.[/p][/quote]How can you call shoplifters scum? Maybe they are just trying to put food on the table for their family but can't afford it?[/p][/quote]Cr@p. You cannot use that argument to justify everything. There are people on the breadline in this country but they don't steal.# And they certainly don't steal from innocent children. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 0

9:30pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Adrenaline_Junkie says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Adrenaline_Junkie wrote:
I care about rayleigh wrote:
All thieves are scum. I understand Cedar Hall is a special school so maybe scum is too polite a word for these thieves.
How can you call shoplifters scum? Maybe they are just trying to put food on the table for their family but can't afford it?
Cr@p.

You cannot use that argument to justify everything.

There are people on the breadline in this country but they don't steal.#

And they certainly don't steal from innocent children.
Then you get people like me that just don't care about anything. Such an easy life. Bit of an adrenaline rush too.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrenaline_Junkie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I care about rayleigh[/bold] wrote: All thieves are scum. I understand Cedar Hall is a special school so maybe scum is too polite a word for these thieves.[/p][/quote]How can you call shoplifters scum? Maybe they are just trying to put food on the table for their family but can't afford it?[/p][/quote]Cr@p. You cannot use that argument to justify everything. There are people on the breadline in this country but they don't steal.# And they certainly don't steal from innocent children.[/p][/quote]Then you get people like me that just don't care about anything. Such an easy life. Bit of an adrenaline rush too. Adrenaline_Junkie
  • Score: -1

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