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School laptops thief jailed

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A drug addict who stole 30 laptops from a West Cumbria primary school has been jailed.

David Pattinson broke in to Our Lady and St. Patrick's, Maryport, and took computer equipment valued at £15,000. The offence was committed last month, just four days after he was found to have been sleeping rough in a caretaker's shed on the site.

At Carlisle Crown Court today, Pattinson was sent to prison for 15 months and one day having admitted a raft of offences. These included two burglaries, two counts of criminal damage and escaping from lawful custody.

Mr. Recorder Curran told Pattinson, of no fixed address:

"It was a substantial amount of property from a school where young children need their computers to learn. The impact on them, breaking in and having laptops stolen is really quite distressing for everybody at the school. It was a real attack on the community."

– Mr. Recorder Curran

The court heard he had 21 previous convictions for 67 criminal offences.


Dumfries and Galloway schools get funding

Six schools in Dumfries and Galloway will receive money from Education Scotland's Access to Education Fund.

The fund aims to reduce barriers to learning for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The schools involved are:

  • Auchencairn and Borgue Primary Schools - £8,460
  • Belmont Primary School - £4,640
  • Lochside Primary School - £1,600
  • Maxwelltown High School - £4,650
  • Penninghame Primary School - £2,000
  • Wallace Hall Academy - £5,000

The Council believes the money will be put to good use.

"Providing the best start in life for all our children and being an inclusive council are two of our key priorities.

I'm delighted that we have secured this funding, which will reduce barriers to learning for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds."

– Councillor Jeff Leaver, chairman of the Education Committee

Weapons found at primary schools across region

An investigation by ITV Tyne Tees and Border has revealed that weapons such as stanley knives, hammers, lead piping and even an ice axe have been recovered from primary schools in the region.

Freedom of Information Act requests were sent to every one of our police forces.

In Dumfries and Galloway an eight-year-old boy was among those cautioned.

Alan Rutter is from the National Union of Teachers and says it highlights the pressures on teachers: