School sleeper theft

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STUDENTS at an Alfreton school for pupils with special needs face raising extra funds to replace stolen railway sleepers.

Thieves broke through the fence at Alfreton Park Community Special School over the weekend of March 19 and 20 and stole eight wooden sleepers which the students had bought with £200 from a special grant fund.

The sixth formers were planning to create raised flowerbeds for the school’s garden area so that all the pupils, including those in wheelchairs, could join in gardening projects.  

Assistant headteacher Vanessa Fessey said: “The pupils were very upset when they found out what had happened but they are determined not to let this setback ruin the project and are already working out ways to raise the necessary funds to buy some more sleepers for the raised beds.

“As the fence was also damaged we had to mend that as a matter of urgency.

“All in all, the incident caused quite a bit of disruption for all of us at the school and I would appeal to anyone who has any information at all about the theft to contact the police.”

The school is currently trying to raise £200,000 for a new building to house its swimming pool after a scheme to build a brand new special school on the site of Alfreton Grange was axed during Government cuts last July.

The first fundraising event is being held on April 15, at the Peacock Hotel, Oakerthorpe when duo Saxy perform. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets, costing £4, can be obtained by calling 07754 565578.

Anyone with information about the theft should call police on 0345 123 3333.