Stoke & Staffordshire

Parents rally round burglary-hit Chasetown school

Chasetown Community School
Image caption Up to 30 laptops or tablets have been taken from Chasetown Community School in recent weeks

Parents are trying to raise £2,000 for a school that has been burgled three times in three weeks.

Laptops and tablets were taken from Chasetown Community School, in Burntwood, Staffordshire, during the early hours of Wednesday, forcing it to shut for the day.

Police said more thefts took place in October, with up to 30 personalised computers being taken in all.

The school teaches pupils, aged 7-13, who have a range of needs.

Nearby residents and businesses have also stepped in to help.

'Saying thank you'

Local business Warrior Doors is donating and installing a new security door and building security cabinets to keep technology equipment safe.

Parents Samantha Toon and Kerrylea Cox, who have children at the school, have set up a Just Giving funding page saying the school is invaluable to the children.

Ms Toon said her son Harry had said he could not understand how someone would do that to his school.

"We just want to help the school cover any costs so children can get back to normal as fast as possible," she said.

"My son has changed so much in the three years he has been going there. It's our way of saying thank you to them."

Staffordshire Police has appealed for information saying three burglaries in quick succession is "callous and cynical".

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