Thieves target East End history project

Charity plea: Susan Spagnoli, Friends of Donnison School chairman.
Charity plea: Susan Spagnoli, Friends of Donnison School chairman.
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VITAL information belonging to a history project has gone missing after laptops were stolen.

Thieves snatched two computers from the offices of the Friends of the Donnison School in Sunderland’s East End. It is thought the Sony and HP laptops were taken while the group were hosting a family fun day.

With them have gone a host of vital contact details used by the School, which is staffed completely by volunteers.

Susan Spagnoli, chairman of the Friends group, said: “We think they were taken from a drawer in the office while an event was going on, as we have not been broken into.”

Thieves also targeted a volunteer’s car, which was parked near the building in Church Walk, stealing a bag and a Kindle.

One of the two laptops, which are estimated to be worth about £1,000, was a donation and the other was paid for with funding.

Mrs Spagnoli added: “At the moment we can’t access anything and we have set up a new website and can’t access our emails.

“It is a big kick in the teeth really, because we are friendly and open our doors to everyone.

“We try to engage with the local community and this is the pay back.”

Friends of the Donnison School are appealing for anyone with information to get in touch with Northumbria Police. They are also hoping someone may be able to donate them a laptop, so they can get back on line.

A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police confirmed the a theft had taken place between 3.30pm on September 20 and the morning of Monday, September 23.

Witnesses, or any one with information, can call the non-emergency number on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.