POLICE ARE HUNTING for the heartless criminals who ransacked a Moray nursery school and removed hundreds of pounds in cash and goods from the premises.
Staff at the Torridon pre-school centre at Bishopmill Primary School in Elgin were devastated when they discovered thieves had broken into the premises, taking a sum of cash and items essential for the work of catering for around 60 three and four-year-olds.
When they broke in overnight on Monday/Tuesday the criminals removed electronic equipment – and even lifted around £100 worth of snacks that had been purchased for the kids. The nursery school had to turn kids away on Tuesday as police searched the premises for any traces left by the culprits.
It is understood that the criminals entered the building via a window and left by forcing a fire exit door, which was found still to be open when the janitor arrived on Tuesday morning. As well as the thefts those responsible ransacked the kitchen, taking everything bar some fruit and soup.
A police spokeswoman said: “The Bishopmill pre-school nursery adjacent to the primary school on Morriston Road was broken into at some point between 4pm on Monday and 7am on Tuesday.
“As a result of the incident cash, computer equipment and a digital camera was taken which are valued at approximately £1000.
“We are appealing for anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area to contact us on 101 or via the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.”