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Ipswich: Pupils dismayed over milk thefts

PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 February 2012 | UPDATED: 10:44 23 February 2012

Kasha Blake, head teacher at Handford Hall Primary School in Ipswich, poses with reception students whose milk was stolen early Monday morning. The schools cctv camera caught images of the thief that took all 44 pints of milk for preschool and reception classes.

Kasha Blake, head teacher at Handford Hall Primary School in Ipswich, poses with reception students whose milk was stolen early Monday morning. The schools cctv camera caught images of the thief that took all 44 pints of milk for preschool and reception classes.

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YOUNG children have been left upset after milk thieves struck on four occasions, stealing more than 70 pints from the school’s doorstep.

Thieves have struck at Handford Hall Primary School in Gatacre Road, taking freshly delivered milk on all four occasions.

Headteacher Kasha Blake said the most recent theft happened last Monday when 44 pints of semi-skimmed milk, worth about £30, was stolen from the school’s doorstep at around 5am.

She said: “What’s really upsetting is we had 44 pints of milk for nursery and reception children and it was all taken. It wasn’t only a few pints. This is something the children have every single day and it’s very upsetting.

“We’ve got CCTV footage that shows the milkman delivering the milk and within a few minutes it’s been taken by someone in a hoodie.”

Suffolk police confirmed the thefts had been reported but said that so far the culprits had not been caught.

Another theft happened between 4.55am and 8.30am on January 24. The other two thefts happened last summer.

A spokeswoman said: “Officers are giving suitable advice on moving the place the milk is delivered and stored.”

Witnesses should contact Pcso Mark Narramore on 101.

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