Appeal to help catch school disco conman

A SCHOOL in Bulwell is calling for help in catching a brazen raider who tried to steal high-tech equipment during a Hallowe’en disco for youngsters.

St Mary’s Church Of England Primary on Ragdale Road was targeted by a man who is believed to have made his way in by pretending to be a parent.

Now, through our ‘We’re Shouting Up For You’ initiative, the Dispatch is backing an appeal for anyone with information on the break-in to get in touch with the police.

Nathan Young is director of the School Lettings And Event Company, which runs out-of-school activities at St Mary’s.

He said: “It worries me immensely that we have four-year-olds and five-year-olds enjoying themselves at a Hallowe’en disco but this guy used it as an opportunity to try and rob the school.

“I was gutted and really angry — and so were my staff. We put a lot of work into making the disco a success, which it was.”

The intruder was discovered as staff locked up after the event on Wednesday October 26 during the half-term break.

They were having trouble setting the burglar alarm, which kept going off as soon as it had been set.

Children had left after the disco but the man was found carrying a laptop and a camera stolen from one of the rooms at the school.

When he was confronted, he dropped the items and fled across the school field.

He is described as black and aged between 20 and 30.

Mr Young added: “When we found someone had broken in, we were all disgusted that someone like that exists in our community.

“We assume that he came in with a group of parents because it is the only way he could have got in.”

Anyone with information on the attempted raid is asked to ring Nottinghamshire police on 0300 3009999.

Alternatively, call the free and confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.