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Burglaries at schools - Wigan
Thursday 12th October, 2006

Police are appealing for information following a spate of burglaries at schools in the Wigan area over the last week.

The first incident was reported at 9.20am on Saturday morning, 7 October 2006, after a number of items were stolen from St Nathaniel's CE Primary School on Barton Street in Platt Bridge. The incident is believed to have taken place sometime overnight, however it is not clear what was stolen yet.

The second burglary was reported shortly after 10pm the same evening from RL Hughes Junior School on Mayfield Street in Ashton-in-Makerfield where a window had been smashed and an overhead projector had been stolen. The incident is believed to have happened sometime since 6.30pm, the previous evening.

A third burglary took place at about 7.55am on Sunday morning, 8 October 2006, at Lower Hall County Primary School on Dower Street in Platt Bridge where a door was forced open and a stereo was stolen.

Another burglary happened at St Peter CE School on Downall Green Road in Bryn on Monday morning, 9 October 2006. The alarm was activated at the school at 3.30am after a window was smashed and a monitor and an overhead projector were taken.

A window was smashed at Sacred Heart Junior School in Springfield Street, Swinley at 7.15pm yesterday evening, Wednesday 11 October 2006, however the alarm sounded and nothing appeared to have been taken.

The final burglary was reported later the same evening shortly after 11pm after two windows were smashed at Aspull Holy Family RC Junior School at Whelley and an overhead projector was stolen.

Sergeant David Lamb from Wigan Police Station said: "We are working closely with the schools and making further enquiries to find the person or people responsible for these burglaries.

"A number of items have been have been stolen, including projectors and a monitor, and I'd ask anyone who has information about any of the incidents to contact police.

"I'd also like to ask the community to be vigilant around local schools and call police if there is any suspicious behaviour.

"Anyone with any further information should contact Wigan Police on 0161 856 7118 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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