Fury as milk thieves strike again

Headteacher David Worthington, centre, with pupils from nursery at Worsley Mesnes Primary School, Wigan, they are upset after the milk delivery was stolen from the school in the early hours of the morning
Headteacher David Worthington, centre, with pupils from nursery at Worsley Mesnes Primary School, Wigan, they are upset after the milk delivery was stolen from the school in the early hours of the morning
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BRAZEN repeat offenders have once again targeted a Wigan primary school and snatched milk intended for the nursery class.

Seemingly oblivious to the furore they have caused, the pair of hooded figures returned to Worsley Mesnes Community Primary School a week after they were caught on CCTV.

This is not a victimless crime, the milk is for our nursery children

Worsley Mesnes primary school headteacher David Worthington

That incident was detailed in the Evening Post alongside a plea from head David Worthington that the offence was “not a victimless crime.”

And the headteacher has now revealed that the individuals responsible are thought to have targeted other schools in the area since.

He said: “Sadly the milk was stolen again the next Monday after that incident was featured.

“We have now had to purchase lockable storage to protect the milk from when it is delivered in the early hours to when staff arrive in the morning.”

Last month the school’s CCTV cameras picked up one offender scaling the 9ft perimeter fence and taking dozens of pints delivered from a local dairy.

And it was far from the first time similar crimes had taken place.

Firstly, staff at the Clifton Street school had given the delivery drivers a key to unlock the school gates so they could drop a pallet near to the nursery entrance.

When that did not work, they changed where the milk was dropped off but the thieves continued their operation, staking out the school frontage to find the new location.

Although the pair were caught on camera and the have been incidents reported to police, their faces are not clear on the footage.

Mr Worthington said: “They were obviously determined and were undeterred by our efforts to make it harder for them.

“This is not a victimless crime, the milk is for our nursery children, they’re three or four years old. It’s a lot of milk for one person or family to use so perhaps local residents may have noticed somebody trying to sell it on.”

Horrified parents had clubbed together to replace the milk so that the youngsters would not miss out but Mr Worthington said they should not have been placed in that position by the

offenders.

Officers have asked anyone with information to contact Wigan Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.