A primary school in Essex has become the latest victim of a kitchen burglary after thieves broke in to steal food, refrigeration equipment and catering supplies.
Gosfield School, near Braintree, lost a number of items of commercial equipment in the raid along with £6,000 worth of food set to be used to feed key workers’ children during the coronavirus pandemic.
It is the second organisation in as many days to report a kitchen break-in after The Old Vicarage hotel in Shropshire suffered a similar incident, prompting it to warn other commercial kitchen owners about the dangers of theft in the current environment.
Burglars broke into Gosfield School on Friday and fled with four commercial-sized freezers of food, all of the dry foods in the kitchen and all the chilled food from its catering fridges.
Caro Daniels, registrar at the school, was quoted a saying: “They took about £6,000 worth of food. All of the dry goods, even the catering equipment, things like clingfilm, plastic rubber gloves, literally everything they could get their hands on.
“We’ve had so many offers of help – restaurants that haven’t been able to use their food, people ringing and saying, ‘We will give you money’. People have offered to lend us freezers. We have seen the very worst of humanity and the very best of it.”
Volunteer staff have been running a skeleton operation to feed the children of key workers as the school tries to get the kitchen back on its feet.
Essex Police is investigating.