CALLOUS crooks have slammed the brakes on pupils’ playtime after stealing bikes from a school.
The thieves smashed their way into a secure, outside container that housed the two bikes, which are worth about £200 each.
Now the Houghton schoolchildren have been left wondering why anyone would steal their favourite play equipment.
The thugs targeted Burnside Primary School, which bought the bikes to help the children stay healthy.
The tricycle-style equipment was used regularly by the youngsters during break times, to help boost their co-ordination.
Tracey Pizl, headteacher at the school, said: “The bikes were used by the children to play outside and they really enjoyed them.
“We do have others, but these were the most expensive ones that the school had bought.
“Although they are using other equipment, these particular bikes were really important for their co-ordination and balance and the thieves have taken this facility away from them as we’re now down by two bikes.”
The thugs broke into the large Early Years container, which is fenced off outside the school.
Although a whole host of other educational items were stored in the container. It was only the bikes that were taken.
Now the school is appealing to anyone with information to come forward, so the youngsters can be reunited with one of their favourite play items.
Mrs Pizl said: “They are unusual bikes so we’re hoping someone may have seen them.
“They’re from a company called Nexus and they’re not off-the-shelf so they do stand out.
“We really hope that this might jog someone’s memory because it’s been hard on the children.
“We don’t know how they managed to get into the container.
“It’s outside and it’s fenced off but they still managed to get them.”
Anyone with information on where the bikes are should contact Northumbria Police on 03456 043 043, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.