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Cornwall primary school pupils' upset after fire and break-in

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: June 20, 2013

DESTROYED WORK:  Year 4 pupils Grace, Minty and Maggie of St Mabyn Primary School are among the children who were upset at the arson attack on their gazebo.

DESTROYED WORK: Year 4 pupils Grace, Minty and Maggie of St Mabyn Primary School are among the children who were upset at the arson attack on their gazebo.

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CRIMINALS have struck at two primary schools.

At St Kew, thieves broke into the staff room by smashing a window and stole an Apple Macbook Pro laptop, a Fujitsu Lifebook laptop and an external hard drive.

The hard drive contained a lot of the children's work, and the school is hoping it can be recovered.

The burglary occurred between midday on Sunday, June 9 and 8am the following day.

Head teacher Mark Clutson said the laptops were worth £1,500.

"The biggest loss was the hard drive. All the information is encrypted, so is no use to anyone else, but unless it is returned, the work that was on it will be lost,'' he said.

An arson attack at St Mabyn Primary School left children distraught after the fire destroyed their artwork.

Police are appealing for information after the village suffered a spate of criminal activity within a few days.

The children had not long completed the artwork to brighten up the gazebo when it was set on fire.

Police are linking the arson attack with other crimes committed in the village within a few days of each other.

On the afternoon of June 8, damage was caused to a children's playhouse in the Greenwix Parc area of the village. A stone was thrown and this damaged one of the windows to the playhouse.

Two days earlier, criminal damage was caused to a vehicle parked in Greenwix Parc.

Police have said the vehicle was entered but nothing was stolen.

The gazebo fire happened during the half-term break when several items of laminated artwork, along with a rug, were destroyed.

Teacher Tamsin Titcomb said all the children were very upset by the damage.

"It was very distressing for everyone because the children had put a lot of work into making the gazebo more colourful.

"They had only just completed it at the end of the term and came back to find there had been a fire and a lot of their work had been destroyed,'' she said.

Now the children are asking anyone who may have information about who was responsible to contact the police in Bodmin, on 101 and quoting crime reference BB/13/852.

PC Laurie O'Toole is dealing with all the crimes that happened in St Mabyn.

Police are keen to talk to anyone with any information regarding the St Kew Primary School burglary including anyone who has been offered the items stolen.

They can call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555111 quoting incident number BW/13/401

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