THIEVES left children without milk for the day after stealing 64 pints from the doorstep of a nursery.
Staff at St Clare’s Preschool in Warren Park, Havant, were left stunned after crooks took two heavy crates containing 32 two-pint milk bottles.
The youngsters enjoy a half pint every day to help keep them healthy and strong.
The energy-giving milk was even more necessary as the children were about to do their annual sports day.
Gail Young-Evans, 39, administration manager, said: ‘Because it was 64 pints, it was not an easy amount of milk to replace.
‘The crates are heavy. For someone to steal them it must have been more than one person and they must have had a vehicle.
‘I was shocked. It was such a huge amount to take.
‘Initially, 80 children could have lost out on their milk.’
The local shop, SS Newsagents in Strouden Court, saved the day by supplying for free all the milk that was needed, as well as the supplier Dairy Crest.
Mrs Young-Evans said: ‘We want to thank them. The children had their sports day and were oblivious to what happened.’