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Burglars steal £35,000 worth of iPads and laptops in Primary School raid

  • Click below to watch a video report by ITV News Anglia's Graham Stothard

A school in Northamptonshire's been left struggling to teach certain subjects after a raid by burglars saw £35,000 worth of new electronics stolen.

Burglars smashed their way into the building. Credit: The Abbey Primary/ITV Anglia.

The Abbey Primary in Northampton was targeted overnight on Thursday 27th September - new iPads, laptops and tablets were stolen.

Pupils had only been using them for two days before they were taken. It has left some topics almost impossible to teach as they have been left using old and outdated computers.

Students are left using laptops that in some cases, are older than themselves. Credit: ITV Anglia.

- It is quite sad really because the school are putting lots of effort into education but with this stuff it's quite slow so half of the lesson's being wasted.

- These laptops they don't work any take forever you just waste half of your lesson time.

- Barely anyone got to use them, and the school spent a lot of money on it and now they’re just gone.

– Year 6 students

The perpetrators gained access by smashing their way through a side door, before ransacking charging racks and lockers used to store the gear.

Two trolleys, brand new iPads, we had two trolleys of tablets taken and laptops taken and essentially they took everything we use for computing in school.

The children were so thrilled excited to hear about them and within 48 hours of the first class using them, they've gone.

– Natalie Roberts, Computing coordinator, The Abbey Primary
In total nine trolleys were ransacked. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Parents have started a fundraising page while the insurance claim is processed. Police are continuing to investigate who is responsible and appeal for witnesses.

The children are gutted and devastated and the staff as well who’ve put in all the hard work and the whole school community is pulled behind us parents have been absolutely fantastic setting up a JustGiving page and want to support the school as much as possible so it's really brought us all closer together.

– Renuka Popat, Headteacher, The Abbey Primary