School struck by burglars for the third time

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Burglary fears have been raised after thieves targeted a primary school for the third time in two months.

Burglars attempted to break into Hanging Heaton Junior and Infant School in High Street at 7.45pm on Sunday March 22, by smashing a front door window.

Headteacher Janet Thompson said: “I think it is disgusting – in the end it’s taking from children. It’s very disappointing and my main concern is for the children and making them feel safe.”

She said CCTV footage showed a man lurking in the area for around 20 minutes before breaking the window.

And when he could not get in he broke another near the head’s office with a large stone.

The incident follows two other attempted burglaries in the last two months.

Mrs Thompson said the school had since invested in a tougher security system.

Meanwhile Dean Ellis, who runs a community payback team that has worked on a number of regeneration projects in the area, said people should be particularly vigilant after a string of house burglaries and thefts from vehicles around High Street.

He said he knew of at least five in the last month – including his own home.

Coun Eric Firth (Lab, Dewsbury East) said: “Burglary is a particularly awful crime because people’s privacy is invaded.”

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