CHILDREN have been left upset after thieves stole trikes from a Wearside school.
The yobs forced their way into locked toy box outside Hudson Road Primary School, in Villiers Street South, Hendon, and took the three-wheeler toddler toys.
Glyn Witt, a teacher and community cohesion co-ordinator at the school, said: “The trikes were taken from a community area, which is used by local families with young children.
“We have a mother and toddler group, creche facilities and a support group for parents at the school.
“We try to create the best possible place for the children to play.
“The trikes are very important to the children.”
Ms Witt said the school is rarely a target for thieves and vandals, with many local families using its facilities.
“We hardly ever experience this kind of thing,” she said. “We have a very good relationship with the local community.
“The children are really disappointed that the trikes have gone missing.
“They used them quite a lot. They were really popular.”
Ms Witt said it was unlikely that the three missing trikes would be replaced before next year if the stolen ones failed to turn up.
“We don’t know when we will be in a position to replace them,” she said. “I doubt it will be any time before the next financial year.
“The trikes were used pretty much every day by the children.
“We’d had them for between six and seven months.
“They were a special type which are built to cope with that kind of usage.
“We just hope somebody comes forward to help us get them back.”
Northumbria Police are appealing for information about the break-in, which happened sometime between 3pm on Thursday, November 10, and 10am on Tuesday, November 15.
A spokeswoman for the force said: “Officers are keen to hear from anyone who saw anything or may have any information.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 03456 043 043 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.