Thieves strike for fourth time at Conisbrough school

The lock-up at Rowena Academy that was broken into.
The lock-up at Rowena Academy that was broken into.

Callous thieves stole children’s play equipment from a primary school in what was the fourth raid inside the last year.

The latest attack at Conisbrough’s Rowena Academy saw thieves flee with four bikes, three scooters and five space hoppers.

They also caused damage to a steel container by cutting the locks, all of which left the school having to foot a bill of more than £900.

The theft put a dent in celebrations for pupils and staff after they were chosen to become a national teaching school.

Principal Michelle Benton said: “It is disappointing that this has kept happening. We have that much play equipment that we were able to give the children other items to play with thankfully.

“But it is sad and such a shame that someone would choose to do this.”

The latest raid happened sometime between 4pm on Tuesday, May 27, and 7am on Wednesday, May 28.

The school had previously fitted about 40 logs as borders in the playground the give students a route to ride their cycles around.

But these were taken on three occasions, in June and July last year and again in early May this year. This cost the school about £600 to replace.

Mrs Benton added: “I get the impression that these items were taken away to order. Apparently someone saw them riding away with the logs in wheelbarrows.”

However, the school has also had reason to celebrate after being nominated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) to become a national teaching school.

Rowena will now take a leading role in recruiting and training new teachers.

Mrs Benton said: “We are delighted to be part of the government’s initiative to give outstanding schools a leading role in driving forward the quality of teaching and learning in education.”

In relation to the thefts, Doncaster Police superintendent Eddie Murphy said: “This is another case of thieves taking away a community asset.

“This equipment will have been enjoyed by pupils at the school and they have had this taken away from them.

“It is a terrible crime and cost the school money. I would urge anyone with information about the incident to contact us immediately on 101.”