Laptops and iPads worth thousands of pounds have been stolen from a primary school.
Moston Lane Primary in Moston, is the latest school to fall victim to thieves after a series of similar burglaries across Greater Manchester.
A total of 25 laptops and 17 iPads were taken, leaving staff and pupils devastated.
The break-in was discovered by the caretaker on Wednesday morning. Thieves struck overnight, smashing their way into the school through a rear fire door.
Police have issued an appeal for information as headteacher Judy Kerton spoke of the school’s loss.
Detectives fear the valuable devices could be offered for sale on the black market and have urged anyone offered one to come forward.
Mrs Kerton said the school hadn’t had the devices for long and children were just realising their full potential.
She said: “The whole school community is deeply upset at this thoughtless act. It has caused suffering to children endeavouring to learn in a safe environment. In an increasingly connected world, it is important our pupils are able to benefit from using the latest IT to support their learning.
“It is disgusting that someone would take away such a valuable resource. It has taken us a long time to be able to provide these resources for our pupils.”
The thieves are understood to have used a hammer to smash a lock and access an area where the lap-tops and iPads were being stored.
Forensic examinations have been carried out.
A police spokesman said: “We treat school burglary very seriously as it is an attack on young people’s education.
“Our crime reduction specialists work closely with schools to help make their buildings and property as secure as possible.
“We would ask anyone with information about the break-in to contact us. And if anyone is offered the computers for sale they should get in touch.”
The M.E.N. revealed last month that more than £300,000 of computers have been stolen from schools across the region over the last two years.
St Hugh of Lincoln Primary School in Stretford lost 164 iPads and 50 lap-tops following two raids in August and November last year. Abbey Hey Primary School in Gorton was also targeted twice in three months – losing 57 lap-tops during break-ins in September and December.