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Kids left without bikes after school robbery

Pinfold Primary School pupils are Credit: Manchester Evening News

Thieves took five mountain bikes worth more than £1,000 from Pinfold Primary School in Hattersley.

Now a group of mums are raising money to replace the expensive bikes which help the youngsters pass their Bikeability and cycling proficiency classes.

Mums have rallied round to raise money to replace the bikes. Credit: Manchester Evening News

Mum-of-two Kelly Billinge, 29, said her five-year-old son Kian was so upset about the burglary, she had to take action to replace the bikes.

She said: “We’ve contacted Manchester City and Manchester United and some local businesses and they have all kindly donated things for a charity raffle.

“The burglary has had a big impact on the children. It’s awful.

“My little boy does have a bike but some children might not have a bike and they are the ones losing out.

“Kian was really upset when we explained it to him.”

Pinfold Primary School, in Hattersley.

School administrator, Dave Curtis said the five Ridgeback mountain bikes were taken from a locked cage within the school playground, which was also locked up for the weekend.

He said school staff have been delighted by the support of parents.

He said: “We were surprised when Kelly came into school and formed this mini action group. It’s completely out of the blue and we’re overwhelmed that anyone would want to help in this way.

“Everybody, including the parents, are really shocked that this has happened to a school.”

The burglary is thought to have taken place between 2pm and 8.30pm on Sunday, September 14.

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

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