School for disabled children targeted by heartless thieves - for the second Christmas in a row

Bournemouth Echo: BREAK IN: Langside School principal Jonathan Seaward, left, with staff, Jayne Fisher and Sarah Rustici and volunteer maintenance man Terry Watts outside the school’s garage which was broken into at the weekend BREAK IN: Langside School principal Jonathan Seaward, left, with staff, Jayne Fisher and Sarah Rustici and volunteer maintenance man Terry Watts outside the school’s garage which was broken into at the weekend

A SCHOOL for disabled children has been targeted by thieves – for the second Christmas in a row.

The garage at Langside School, in Langside Avenue, Poole, was broken into on Sunday evening, when tools, ladders and drills were taken, as well as the school’s leaf blowing machine and a large, petrol-powered jet wash – all vital for maintaining the school and its grounds.

Last November a group of the school’s pupils were devastated when thieves stole the exhaust and catalytic converter from their wheelchair-adapted minibus, putting a visit to Father Christmas in jeopardy.

Local businesses stepped in to help, ordering the required parts and fitting them to a hired minibus, as well as paying the insurance excess.

But the school, just one of the many services run across the county for disabled children and adults by Dorset disability charity Diverse Abilities Plus, has now been faced with a bill for more than £1,000 to replace the stolen equipment and repair damage to the garage doors and hinges.

School secretary Joan Skinner said: “They took about £500 to £600 worth of tools and equipment from the garage. It’s going to cost the school to get this stuff back and for us to arrange extra security.

“About three weeks ago we bought ourselves some new ladders and they’ve all been taken, as well as the jet wash, the leaf blower, power saws and drills. To target disabled children at Christmas is just heartless. We would like to wish the lowlife that did this a very Merry Christmas.”

Anyone who can help the school with replacement equipment should call Joan Skinner on 01202 518635. If you can help with fundraising, email fundraising@diverseabilities plus.org.uk

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12:16pm Wed 11 Dec 13

contric says...

bring back the birch for crimes like this or continue with the namby pamby airy fairy toothless useless out of touch useless (lack) of justice system or we will read the same old story again next year
bring back the birch for crimes like this or continue with the namby pamby airy fairy toothless useless out of touch useless (lack) of justice system or we will read the same old story again next year contric

12:58pm Wed 11 Dec 13

ben111 says...

Awfull for this to happen,,,,,,, The Echo anoys me with the title ,, Heartless theives ,,, their theives they dont have morals ,,, what do you expect they are stealing ,,, but i do feel for the school and the kids .
Awfull for this to happen,,,,,,, The Echo anoys me with the title ,, Heartless theives ,,, their theives they dont have morals ,,, what do you expect they are stealing ,,, but i do feel for the school and the kids . ben111

1:09pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Dibbles2 says...

Cant they claim on the insurance?
Cant they claim on the insurance? Dibbles2

1:27pm Wed 11 Dec 13

spooki says...

"About three weeks ago we bought ourselves some new ladders and they’ve all been taken, as well as the jet wash, the leaf blower, power saws and drills. To target disabled children at Christmas is just heartless."
I doubt if they even worried the things belonged to a disabled school or disabled children.
Thieves are ignorant, selfish, lazy wasters. 'How to take stuff which doesn't belong to them' That's all they care about.
No doubt IF they're caught we'll have the "oh I'm a drug addict" boo hoo story.
"About three weeks ago we bought ourselves some new ladders and they’ve all been taken, as well as the jet wash, the leaf blower, power saws and drills. To target disabled children at Christmas is just heartless." I doubt if they even worried the things belonged to a disabled school or disabled children. Thieves are ignorant, selfish, lazy wasters. 'How to take stuff which doesn't belong to them' That's all they care about. No doubt IF they're caught we'll have the "oh I'm a drug addict" boo hoo story. spooki

2:21pm Wed 11 Dec 13

speedy231278 says...

So, it's happened before and they weren't prepared? It doesn't look like there's much in the way of security on those doors.

As an aside, how is it 'heartless' to steal power tools and ladders, which these children will not be capable of using? If they had stolen their play equipment or toys, destroyed their favourite things, etc, then that would indeed be heartless. It seems the Ohec's spellchecker immediately inserts the word heartless before every occurance of the word thief or thieves these days.....
So, it's happened before and they weren't prepared? It doesn't look like there's much in the way of security on those doors. As an aside, how is it 'heartless' to steal power tools and ladders, which these children will not be capable of using? If they had stolen their play equipment or toys, destroyed their favourite things, etc, then that would indeed be heartless. It seems the Ohec's spellchecker immediately inserts the word heartless before every occurance of the word thief or thieves these days..... speedy231278

2:22pm Wed 11 Dec 13

speedy231278 says...

Dibbles2 wrote:
Cant they claim on the insurance?
You would think so. Or perhaps the insurer demanded they improve security after last time before they would accept a new policy?
[quote][p][bold]Dibbles2[/bold] wrote: Cant they claim on the insurance?[/p][/quote]You would think so. Or perhaps the insurer demanded they improve security after last time before they would accept a new policy? speedy231278

2:32pm Wed 11 Dec 13

seuthsayer says...

....a thief is a thief and they are everywhere, whether it is falsely claiming benefits,cheating taxes, stealing from their place of work or otherwise....crime is indiscriminate.....a
gree it is more deplorable to harm people who already have been dealt a tough hand....but let's not sensationalise with the heartless bit...in my mind theft isn't governed by the heart but by shear greed....something most of us may have been guilty of on ocassions?
....a thief is a thief and they are everywhere, whether it is falsely claiming benefits,cheating taxes, stealing from their place of work or otherwise....crime is indiscriminate.....a gree it is more deplorable to harm people who already have been dealt a tough hand....but let's not sensationalise with the heartless bit...in my mind theft isn't governed by the heart but by shear greed....something most of us may have been guilty of on ocassions? seuthsayer

3:32pm Wed 11 Dec 13

utciad says...

speedy231278 wrote:
So, it's happened before and they weren't prepared? It doesn't look like there's much in the way of security on those doors.

As an aside, how is it 'heartless' to steal power tools and ladders, which these children will not be capable of using? If they had stolen their play equipment or toys, destroyed their favourite things, etc, then that would indeed be heartless. It seems the Ohec's spellchecker immediately inserts the word heartless before every occurance of the word thief or thieves these days.....
I would have thought it was obvious that the stolen equipment was used by the staff to keep the school in a state of repair for for the children to use!! of course they can't use the tools themselves, but they have to have a safe enviroment !! Surely, it is 'heartless' to steal anything from anybody? irrespective if they are old or disabled??
The stolen equipment is essential to the well being of the school and therefore important to the children...Surely even YOU can see that!! but...perhaps not...
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: So, it's happened before and they weren't prepared? It doesn't look like there's much in the way of security on those doors. As an aside, how is it 'heartless' to steal power tools and ladders, which these children will not be capable of using? If they had stolen their play equipment or toys, destroyed their favourite things, etc, then that would indeed be heartless. It seems the Ohec's spellchecker immediately inserts the word heartless before every occurance of the word thief or thieves these days.....[/p][/quote]I would have thought it was obvious that the stolen equipment was used by the staff to keep the school in a state of repair for for the children to use!! of course they can't use the tools themselves, but they have to have a safe enviroment !! Surely, it is 'heartless' to steal anything from anybody? irrespective if they are old or disabled?? The stolen equipment is essential to the well being of the school and therefore important to the children...Surely even YOU can see that!! but...perhaps not... utciad

3:39pm Wed 11 Dec 13

utciad says...

spooki wrote:
"About three weeks ago we bought ourselves some new ladders and they’ve all been taken, as well as the jet wash, the leaf blower, power saws and drills. To target disabled children at Christmas is just heartless."
I doubt if they even worried the things belonged to a disabled school or disabled children.
Thieves are ignorant, selfish, lazy wasters. 'How to take stuff which doesn't belong to them' That's all they care about.
No doubt IF they're caught we'll have the "oh I'm a drug addict" boo hoo story.
And the old sob story 'well he/she comes from a broken home' syndrome..
or the 'well they have had a tough life' etc, etc.
And if they do get caught, the penalty? well, a suspended sentance, or if they are really lucky, a playstation or a trip to Disneyland for their troubles!!
Whilst we pander to these criminals, and constantly make excuses for them they will continue to repeat their crimes...(How many times have we heard of offenders re-offending time and time again?) Zero tolerance, and take no notice of the perenial 'do-gooders' who want to give them a 2nd/3rd/4th chance..
[quote][p][bold]spooki[/bold] wrote: "About three weeks ago we bought ourselves some new ladders and they’ve all been taken, as well as the jet wash, the leaf blower, power saws and drills. To target disabled children at Christmas is just heartless." I doubt if they even worried the things belonged to a disabled school or disabled children. Thieves are ignorant, selfish, lazy wasters. 'How to take stuff which doesn't belong to them' That's all they care about. No doubt IF they're caught we'll have the "oh I'm a drug addict" boo hoo story.[/p][/quote]And the old sob story 'well he/she comes from a broken home' syndrome.. or the 'well they have had a tough life' etc, etc. And if they do get caught, the penalty? well, a suspended sentance, or if they are really lucky, a playstation or a trip to Disneyland for their troubles!! Whilst we pander to these criminals, and constantly make excuses for them they will continue to repeat their crimes...(How many times have we heard of offenders re-offending time and time again?) Zero tolerance, and take no notice of the perenial 'do-gooders' who want to give them a 2nd/3rd/4th chance.. utciad

6:36pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Carolyn43 says...

There really are some scum about. It's "I want it, so I'll take it." or "I want some money, so I'll steal something to sell."
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I despair about how some, who shouldn't be called part the human race, behave with no thought for anyone but themselves. Hopefully no-one will think about them and they'll have a very lonely and miserable life.
There really are some scum about. It's "I want it, so I'll take it." or "I want some money, so I'll steal something to sell." .................... ... I despair about how some, who shouldn't be called part the human race, behave with no thought for anyone but themselves. Hopefully no-one will think about them and they'll have a very lonely and miserable life. Carolyn43

8:13pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Mrs Chris B. says...

It shouldn't matter if the goods stolen belonged to kids, carers or anyone else for that matter. The FACT IS, THEY DID NOT BELONG TO THE TAKERS!!! Make an example of them when they are found, a custodial sentence and perhaps make them make use of the tools by doing the grounds maintenance, for free of course, for a very long time!
It shouldn't matter if the goods stolen belonged to kids, carers or anyone else for that matter. The FACT IS, THEY DID NOT BELONG TO THE TAKERS!!! Make an example of them when they are found, a custodial sentence and perhaps make them make use of the tools by doing the grounds maintenance, for free of course, for a very long time! Mrs Chris B.

9:29pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Philofax says...

Actually I think the least these thieves should be made to do is a community service helping out at the school. Here they could see how needy these children are and what great service the staff and volunteers provide to support those less fortunate than themselves. When you get to know these children you begin to realize how insignificant our needs are in comparison. I'd like to think my son (a pupil at the school) could teach a thief the 'real' lesson of humility
Actually I think the least these thieves should be made to do is a community service helping out at the school. Here they could see how needy these children are and what great service the staff and volunteers provide to support those less fortunate than themselves. When you get to know these children you begin to realize how insignificant our needs are in comparison. I'd like to think my son (a pupil at the school) could teach a thief the 'real' lesson of humility Philofax

9:51pm Wed 11 Dec 13

DUCKFEEDER says...

scum are scum,it will not matter to them if they get caught,it will not matter to them if they go to prison,they will get out and continue stealing,they are just scum
scum are scum,it will not matter to them if they get caught,it will not matter to them if they go to prison,they will get out and continue stealing,they are just scum DUCKFEEDER

6:52am Thu 12 Dec 13

downmoor-ch63 says...

Bring back corporal punishment at schools, and 2 years NATION SERVICE in one of the 3, square bashing instead of moddle cuddling these, yobs, instead of saying you can go, but dont do it again. The safety of our country will be filled with wrong doers that need to get the dicipline that they deserve.
Bring back corporal punishment at schools, and 2 years NATION SERVICE in one of the 3, square bashing instead of moddle cuddling these, yobs, instead of saying you can go, but dont do it again. The safety of our country will be filled with wrong doers that need to get the dicipline that they deserve. downmoor-ch63

3:21pm Thu 12 Dec 13

speedy231278 says...

Dibbles2 wrote:
Cant they claim on the insurance?
It seems at least 13 forum users don't have insurance.....
[quote][p][bold]Dibbles2[/bold] wrote: Cant they claim on the insurance?[/p][/quote]It seems at least 13 forum users don't have insurance..... speedy231278

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