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Burglars stole food for key workers' children from a school in Essex

Empty fridge at Gosfield School Credit: Gosfield School

Thieves broke into an Essex school and stole food that would have fed key workers children during the coronavirus outbreak.

CCTV cameras captured the moment burglars broke into Gosfield School near Braintree on Friday night and helped themselves to four commercial sized freezers full of food, dry food stored in the kitchen and all of the chilled food from the fridges.

Because of the outbreak of COVID-19, schools are only opening to the children of workers who are needed in the fight against the virus, such as emergency workers and those in food production and retail. On facebook, a Gosfield School spokesperson said:

"This now means we are unable to feed the children of critical workers who are attending school today, and the staff who have kindly volunteered to come in and run the skeleton operation to make this work. "We won't be able to feed the children and staff for the foreseeable future. "Members of staff have been into Halstead to purchase food early this morning but with restrictions on what they are allowed to purchase this is not straightforward. Therefore we would respectfully request that all children of key workers who are attending School bring along a packed lunch, nut free snacks and a water bottle."

– Gosfield School statement
Where one of the freezers stood Credit: Gosfield School

An Essex police spokesperson said:

"We received a report today (Monday 23 March) reporting a burglary at Gosfield School in Halstead Road. "It was reported that between 21 March and 22 March food and commercial freezers were removed. "If you saw anything, have any CCTV or dash cam footage, or have any other information please call us on 101 quoting the crime reference number 42/44904/20 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

– Essex police spokesperson