Children at a Lancaster school have been left “devastated” after 12 bikes were stolen from a shed in the school grounds.
Bowerham Community Primary School bought the bikes to lend to children who didn’t have their own at home, but thieves broke into a locked shed sometime between May 22 and June 16 and took them all.
Four small bikes were found dumped in nettles nearby, but the other eight are still missing. They were worth £1,088 in total.
Lancaster police said that someone in the community must have information about the missing bikes.
Debbie Steel, from the school’s extended services department, said: “We had a walk and cycle to school week, and we won a bid from the council so we could buy some bikes to loan out to children without them.
“Half term followed this, and then a couple of weeks later we checked on the bikes but they had gone.
The children were devastated. They were really happy with the bikes but now they don’t have them anymore.
“We spoke to them about it in assembly, and now they’re trying to be vigilant and look out for them, but they’ve only managed to spot the ones already out on loan.”
Bike helmets were also stolen in the raid.
The school has been running the scheme for the last few years, and already has bikes out on loan for other children.
Debbie added: “We’ll have to re-apply for funding but we might not get it. This means that eight children at the school who don’t have a bike will miss out. The children are also worried that someone can get into the school grounds and do this.”
Anyone with information should contact Lancaster police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting crime reference BA1406044.
Police are still conducting cycle security marking at the police station and any enquiries should be forwarded to PC 6026 Gill Syer or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.