Metal thieves hit disabled kids’ bus

Thieves have stolen the catalytic converter three times to weigh in at scrap metal dealers, pictured is headteacher Richard Ware with the minibus at Fairfield School. (d02111102)
Thieves have stolen the catalytic converter three times to weigh in at scrap metal dealers, pictured is headteacher Richard Ware with the minibus at Fairfield School. (d02111102)

HEARTLESS thieves have stolen the catalytic converter from a disabled school minibus for the third time.

Fairfield School’s bus had been back on the road after the second theft for less than a week before the converter was ripped out again.

The school, in White Lee, is for pupils aged three to 19 with severe learning difficulties.

Business manager Kay Newton said the bus was one of two which were in almost constant use, taking the pupils out to college, into the community and to activities like swimming.

And she said when the bus was off the road it meant they had to miss out on their favourite activities.

She said: “We only had it back three days and then we came into school on Monday and found the catalytic converter had been stolen again.

“Each time it gets stolen it costs us £1,200 to fix. We just can’t afford to continue doing it.

“We have a big site with an 8ft fence round it.

“We can’t believe they are climbing the fence into the grounds of a special school.

“It’s really obvious what the minibus is for. It impacts quite significantly on the education and enjoyment of the children. They are missing out and I find it unbelievable they are doing it to a Sunshine Coach.

“The first time you think these things happen, but this time it’s just complete disbelief.

“We can’t believe that people could be so heartless.

“They must know the consequences of their actions but clearly they are not bothered.”

Police are investigating the theft.

Anyone with information can contact the new non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.