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Essex primary school "overwhelmed" with support after thieves broke in and stole food meant for key workers' children

Credit: Gosfield School/Facebook

An Essex primary school has been "overwhelmed" with support after thieves broke in and stole freezers and food that would have fed key workers' children during the coronavirus pandemic.

Burglars broke into Gosfield School, near Braintree on Fridayand took four commercial-sized freezers of food, dry food and all the chilled food from the fridges.

The theft was discovered on Mother's Day by a senior member of staff who had gone to collect a minibus to do the school run on Monday.

Staff had to call the families of the children due at school on Monday and tell them to bring a packed lunch.

The school has now had enough food donated, and places to store it, to last until the end of the term on Friday.

Thieves took freezers full of food meant for children of key workers Credit: Gosfield School/Facebook

"They took about £6,000 worth of food. All of the dry goods, even the catering equipment, things like clingfilm, plastic rubber gloves, literally everything they could get their hands on.

We've had so many offers of help. Restaurants that haven't been able to use their food. People ringing and saying, 'We will give you money'. People have offered to lend us freezers. We have seen the very worst of humanity and the very best of it today."

– Caro Daniels, Gosfield School
Local restaurants have donated their food to the school Credit: Gosfield School/Facebook

The school has now had enough food donated, and places to store it, to last until the end of the term on Friday.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact Essex Police on 101.