Thieves steal 70 council laptops bound for Gosport school

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A COUNCILLOR has appealed to thieves who stole £30,000 worth of computer equipment due to be sent out to a school.

The 70 Dell laptops destined for Brune Park School, in Military Road, Gosport, were stolen from a county council centre in Nashe Way, Fareham, on June 28.

Police have only now released details of the crime.

Thieves broke into a storage room at the centre.

The burglary happened between 6.46pm and 8.13pm.

Cllr Peter Edgar is the executive member for education at Hampshire County Council and a member of Gosport council.

He described the theft as ‘particularly sad’ and said the laptops were ‘vital pieces of equipment’.

He said: ‘It’s appalling and they should consider returning them somehow.

‘Any loss of equipment is quite a serious matter.

‘It’s obviously something of a tragedy when equipment of considerable value is lost.’

Cllr Edgar added computer equipment is needed by pupils to prepare for adult life.

He said: ‘I shall be seeking ways to make sure the school is not disadvantaged by the burglary.

‘IT is a massively important part of the school curriculum now.

‘It’s vital for children to develop the skills so they can literally equip themselves for life and for work.’

All 70 of the laptops were Dell brand E5530 models.

Each one has a traceable serial number, which has already been recorded.

Hampshire Constabulary is now appealing for witnesses to come forward.

A spokeswoman for the force said: ‘We are appealing for members of the public to contact police if they saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area at the time of the incident.

‘We would also like to hear from anyone who may have been offered laptops for sale matching these descriptions.

‘Each device has a visible serial number.

‘This was recorded as standard practice and therefore is traceable and identifiable.’

Anyone with information should contact police.

Call Fareham station on 101, or call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.