Thieves steal toddlers’ milk

CALLOUS thieves have targeted a Wigan primary school, stealing milk intended for toddlers in the nursery class.

Their early morning raid this week was caught on CCTV with one offender scaling the 9ft fence at Worsley Mesnes Community Primary School to pilfer dozens of pints.

Pupils from nursery at Worsley Mesnes Primary School, Wigan, are upset after the milk delivery was stolen from the school in the early hours of the morning

Pupils from nursery at Worsley Mesnes Primary School, Wigan, are upset after the milk delivery was stolen from the school in the early hours of the morning

Headteacher David Worthington has today slammed the heartless pair as it is not the first time the school has had its milk pinched.

He said: “It has happening on and off for years and we’re horrified by it. Our parents and staff can’t believe that people can do something like this. It has obviously been planned, they’ve come with a bag, it’s just so callous.”

The school has nine four pint bottles delivered each week for its nursery children from a local dairy. Staff had issued the dairy’s delivery drivers with a key for the school gates after the pallets of milk had been stolen when it used to be left just inside the school grounds.

Mr Worthington told the Evening Post the packages were then left outside the door to the nursery class, but were still gone by the time staff arrived for the school day. The latest move was for the milk to be left by the school’s main reception in a place that could not be seen from the entrance gates.

It has happening on and off for years and we’re horrified by it. Our parents and staff can’t believe that people can do something like this. It has obviously been planned, they’ve come with a bag, it’s just so callous

David Worthington - Headteacher

But the CCTV footage, which has now been passed on to Greater Manchester Police, shows one offender climb the fence, check out the previous delivery spot by the nursery before moving on to the main reception to find the milk.

It then shows the figure walk back across the car park to the fence, pass the stolen goods onto an accomplice, and climb back over. Both have their faces covered by hooded tops.

Mr Worthington said: “Myself and the caretaker were watching the footage on Monday morning and were gob-smacked. 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.

A shadowy figure (bottom) is caught on CCTV stealing the milk

A shadowy figure (bottom) is caught on CCTV stealing the milk

“One positive thing that has come out of it is that our parents have been so horrified they have gone out and bought replacement milk which is brilliant of them but they shouldn’t have to be doing that.

“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.”

A spokesman for GMP told the Evening Post the incident was under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact Wigan Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.