Police hunt for stolen school buses

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A WIGAN school is making a plea for the return of two minibuses after they were stolen.

Staff at Brychall High School, in Ashton, were dismayed to discover that the locks on the site’s gates have been broken and two minibuses, leased by Northgate and PSD vehicle hire companies, had been taken shortly before 8pm on Friday August 1.

Police have been informed and said three offenders are thought to be involved and enquiries are ongoing.

No arrests have yet been made.

Paula Bailey, head of business and finance at Brychall High School, said: “The school uses its minibuses for extra curricular activities for our own students and for our private partners.

“We are saddened that thieves have chosen to target out school this summer.

“We are extremely security conscious, however, unfortunately on this occasion the measures we had put in place were not enough of a deterrent.

“We expect to replace the buses during the autumn term and the review of the school’s security is already taking place.

“The minibuses have Byrchall High School written on them, so if anyone sees them, please get in touch with the police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.”

Paul Tushingham, chairman of governors, said: “As a school we are extremely disappointed at this theft. It would appear it could have been stolen to order.

“As well as the inconvenience we have currently it is the delay in accommodating our pupils’ needs.

“We hope the police will act swiftly and have these vehicles returned in time for the start of term.”

Police said the thieves forced the gates to escape.