Computers stolen in school raid
ALMOST £4,000 of computer equipment has been stolen from an East Devon secondary school.
Five Apple Mac computers with a collective value of about £3,940 were stolen from Clyst Vale Community College at around 10.40pm on Sunday, October 7.
At least one burglar was involved, who is believed to have climbed over the school's locked gates and approached the building on foot.
Two windows were smashed by the offender to gain access to the computers.
Police are appealing for members of the public, who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the run-up to the incident or on the night, to contact them. They would also like to hear from anyone who may have seen any unfamiliar vehicles which may have been used in the crime.
People are also urged to be vigilant and contact the police if they are offered an Apple Mac computer, particularly at an unusually low price.
College principal Kevin Bawn confirmed the break-in was at one of the school's computer suites.
"The police were very prompt and helpful in investigating this crime," he said. "As the computers are security coded we are optimistic they will be traced.
"It is also reassuring that no personal information is held on any of these computers or accessible from them, and that students' work will not have been lost."
He added: "Any break-in or theft is unsettling and upsetting, and in this case will make teaching in this room more problematic until we have replaced the stolen computers.
"All theft is deplorable, but all the more so when it is at the expense of children.
"Fortunately, our location and security means that incidents of this sort are very rare."
Anyone with any information should contact Honiton CID by phoning 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
You should quote crime reference number, KO/12/561.