MILK thieves have left youngsters without their favourite drink with a series of early morning raids on the doorstep of a primary school’s nursery.
Up to 100 cartons were taken on several occasions in January and February last year.
Now a fresh raid has prompted fears that the thefts at Brinsworth Manor Primary School may be starting again.
Shadowy figures have been captured on CCTV cameras lurking in the darkness at the school, but police have been unable to identify the culprits.
The thieves have been seen scouting out the school to see if deliveries have been made before returning to carry away their haul using a variety of vehicles ranging from cars, to vans and bicycles.
In the latest raid, a thief smoking a cigarette arrived on foot before scaling 6ft high fencing to take the milk from the nursery’s doorstep.
Brinsworth Manor admin officer Theresa Bradley said: “Stealing milk from young children is just about as low as it gets but the thieves seem organised and even scaled a fence that is taller than my head to get to it.
“The police has been involved and the milkman even has to let himself into the grounds and lock the gate behind him now, but none of it has been enough. The problem remains.”
Staff are now appealing for the public to keep an eye out for the thieves and the distinctive cartons of milk they are stealing from the school.
The third-of-a-pint cartons of pasteurised milk are from Sheffield’s Wiseman Dairy and are black, white and blue.
Theresa said: “The dairy assured me that the milk is not delivered to shops in Rotherham so the cartons should be a pretty rare sight outside the area’s schools.”
Police believe the latest incident happened at around 4.10am last Monday.
Anyone with information about the milk thefts should contact South Yorkshire Police on 0114 220 2020.