City school offices targeted by safe-smashing raiders

The Derby Telegraph is reporting that burglars have targeted safes in the offices of eight Derby schools, smashing them open and stealing cash…

Police say the offenders have either cut holes in windows or forced them open during late-night and early-morning raids in Chaddesden, Spondon, Mackworth and Breadsall.

The latest incident saw criminals target Breadsall Hilltop Infant School late on Tuesday when a cash box was emptied.

Other schools hit include Cherry Tree Junior School and Cavendish Close Community Infant School, both in Chaddesden, and St Werburgh’s Infant School in Spondon.

Burglars also tried to break into St Giles’ School, Chaddesden, but escaped empty-handed.

Nicola Maw, business manager at Cavendish Close Community Junior School in Wood Road, said: “The caretaker found a window had been jemmied open. Inside my office, the safe had been picked up and taken outside.

“It looks like someone used a sledgehammer to hit it 10 or 12 times to force it open and steal money from inside.

“There was around £800 in cash and cheques inside it. That was from our school dinner money paid by parents and guardians and we now have to take the hit on that.”…

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There seems to be an increase in the numbers of stories about organised school burglaries at the moment, whether for cash like this or technology. Something you are concerned about or have been affected by? Please let us know in the comments or via Twitter… 

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