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Girls’ school is trashed three times in end-of-term burglaries

Thieves smash 13 doors, causing damage running into thousands in ‘incredibly low’ burglaries

27 July, 2018 — By Samantha Booth

The break-ins at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School, in Donegal Street, are thought to be linked

HEARTLESS thieves have repeatedly broken into an all-girls’ school, trashing rooms and causing costly damage at the end of term.

On three nights this month burglars forced their way into Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School, in Donegal Street, Angel.

Associate headteacher Sarah Beagley described the thieves as “pretty low” for making off with children’s musical instruments.

She said: “They need to remember this is a community school. We serve some of the most disadvantaged young people and take great pride in making sure this is an amazing school for them, so to do this to them is incredibly low.”

Police are investigating the burglaries at the school, thought to be linked.

The first break-in happened between 9pm on July 10 and 6am on July 11, with the second on July 14, between 1am and 2am. The third happened a week later at about midnight on July 22.

Damage caused during one of the break-ins

No one has yet been arrested, police confirmed this week.

The raiders caused damage to the “outstanding” Ofsted rating school, smashing at least 13 doors and taking “anything they could find”, according to Ms Beagley.

As well as children’s guitars, they took small change and cameras. So much damage was caused one night that they had to close the school the next morning.

Ms Beagley expected the cost of the damage and thefts to run into thousands.

“They are kicking in the doors, trying to find anything,” said Ms Beagley. “Some offices have been broken into two or three times now. It’s really disruptive.”

Inspector Paul Clarke, whose remit oversees schools, said officers were awaiting results from forensic evidence found at the scene.

“The school officers are doing increased patrols and we have given additional security advice,” he said.

Councillor Andy Hull, executive member for community safety, said: “Stealing from kids is pretty low and I look forward to the police catching the culprit.”

The school hit headlines in 2009 when it was visited by then First Lady Michelle Obama, wife of Barack Obama. Former pupils include The X Factor winner Alexandra Burke and her mother Melissa Bell, a former singer with Soul II Soul.

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