Metal thieves leave school bus damaged

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A SCHOOL near Northallerton has been left without transport for its pupils after would-be metal thieves targeted its minibus.

Northallerton police believe the damage to the vehicle parked at The Dales School in Morton-on-Swale was caused when thieves used a battery-powered hacksaw to cut through the exhaust while attempting to steal the minibus’ catalytic converter.

The incident happened sometime between 7pm on Sunday, July 8, and 7am on Monday, July 9.

PC Peter Taylforth, of Northallerton police, said: “In addition to the financial cost of this incident to the school, the pupils have had their transport arrangements disrupted by these offenders.

“I am appealing to anyone who saw or heard any suspicious activity at The Dales School around the time of the incident to contact the police or Crimestoppers with information. I would also appeal to anyone who spots any suspicious activity in future to report it so that we can prevent further incidents occurring.”

Thieves are targeting catalytic converters because of the prescious metals they contain, such as platinum, palladium and rhodium

Anyone who can help North Yorkshire Police with their enquiries is urged to telephone 101 – select option 2 – and ask for Peter Taylforth or Northallerton Police.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111. The reference number 12120111095 should be quoted when passing on information about the incident.