Three minibuses delivering food to vulnerable families stolen from Sunderland school

Three minibuses, which were being used to deliver food and wellbeing parcels to the most vulnerable, have been stolen from a Sunderland school.

Wednesday, 15th July 2020, 3:46 pm
Updated Wednesday, 15th July 2020, 3:46 pm

The Link School and Together for Children Sunderland are appealing for witnesses to come forward as the headteacher says the theft of three Ford Tourneo buses is a ‘devastating’ blow.

Two minibuses were taken sometime between 10.43pm on Saturday, July 11, and 6.55am on Monday, July 13, after thieves broke a padlock on the car park.

A third minibus was then stolen between 5pm on Monday and 7am the following day.

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File picture: Headteacher Donna Walker

Headteacher Donna Walker said the thefts were devastating for the Pallion-based school.

She said: “We use these minibuses all the time during term time, but they would also be hard at work every day during the holidays to deliver food parcels, wellbeing and mindfulness packs, and information on activities for the children to do.

“We’re talking over 100 deliveries a week to some of the most vulnerable families across the city, and these thefts are going to severely limit what we can now deliver, because we don’t have the money to just go out and buy new ones.”

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The thefts were reported to the police and any information can be passed on anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “We can confirm we are investigating the theft of three school mini buses taken from the Link School car park on Waverley Terrace in Sunderland over the weekend.

“Anyone with any information is asked to contact police quoting log 183 140720.”

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