‘Heartless thieves’ target Parker school

Repairs to ceilings were completed the same day by Parker school's contractors.
Repairs to ceilings were completed the same day by Parker school's contractors.
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Staff arriving at Parker E-Act Academy on Monday were greeted by ‘devastation’ after nine projectors were stolen from classrooms.

Police were called to the school around 9am on September 1 after staff arrived to find nine Hitachi and Cassia projectors, worth between £900 to £1,200 each, had been ripped from ceilings and stolen less than a week after their installation.

The burglars gained access to the newly-refurbished English and maths block after breaking a window in the boys’ toilet. The school uploaded photos to Twitter showing where frames attaching the projectors to the ceiling had been torn off, bringing parts of the ceiling down in some classrooms.

Building contractors Borras Constriction were called in to carry out repairs, completed the same day.

The academy’s principal, Andrew Mackereth, said the burglary would not affect pupils returning from their summer holidays. He said: “We want to make sure than when students return they will see an impressively restored school in the best condition it has been for 25 years.

“I have been overwhelmed by the amount support we have received from community groups and parents.

“Parents are sickened that this sort of thing could happen in Daventry, they say it’s like stealing from their own children.”

The school revealed it has seen a series of burglaries over the summer holidays with contractors’ tools and other items stolen.

Police are asking for anyone with information to call 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.