Belfast nursery ransacked, staff and parents left 'devastated'
Parents have spoken of their devastation after an east Belfast nursery school was ransacked in a burglary over the weekend.
Police believe entry was gained to Glendhu Nursery School between Friday and Sunday and a number of electronic items, including laptops and iPads were stolen.
Money was also taken and the inside of the school was heavily damaged in the burglary.
The stolen items cannot be replaced as they are not covered by insurance, but parents of children at the school have started a gofundme fundraising campaign.
The campaign has raised over £1.5k of its £2k target in less than a day.
Ashleigh Peden's daughter attends Glenhu and she said the incident was upsetting for the entire school community.
"They stole money, laptops, an iPad with all the kids work on, and have trashed the place. The nursery receives little funding as it is, and then this happens. How anyone could do this is beyond belief," she wrote on social media.
"This is such a lovely nursery and we’re all devastated."
Alliance Party leader Naomi Long said the break-in was "really disheartening for pupils, parents and teachers" and encouraged people to support the fundraising campaign.
East Belfast DUP MLA Joanne Bunting said that anyone with information about the burglary should contact police.
“For a small nursery to have money and vital equipment stolen is unspeakable and abhorrent," she said.
"I have no doubt this is extremely distressing and frustrating for the pupils, staff and parents who work so hard within extremely tight budgets to create a safe and enjoyable place for the children.
"It is utterly appalling that someone would sink so low as to steal from nursery children."
Police confirmed that they are investigating the incident.
"It is believed that entry was gained to the premises sometime between 2.30pm on Friday 29 and 11am on Sunday March 31. A sum of money and electronic items were reported stolen," a PSNI spokesperson said.
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