Hampshire - Thief makes off with cash from fete

29th May 2009 at 01:00

A head has warned other schools to be on their guard during summer fetes after a thief stole the takings from her school office.

April Owen-Jones, head of St John the Baptist CofE Primary in Fareham, said between Pounds 600 and Pounds 700 was taken. The 232-pupil school held its fete in its grounds, and the cash from various stalls was being kept in the office. The money was covered and the office locked, but the thief got in through a window.

Mrs Owen-Jones said: "No one can believe that someone did this. It's a charity event.

"It was the first time we have held the fete on a Saturday. We normally hold it on a Friday after school - then it tends to be just parents and very local people.

"It was advertised for a long time, so people did know it was going to happen. We had a wonderful day, but it was marred by the theft."

The school has about Pounds 300 of takings left. The money will pay for playground equipment. hw.

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