THESE children are looking for justice after their play centre and pre-school were broken into for the second time in just six months. Willows Play Centre and Pre- School in Wylds Road, Bridgwater, were hit by burglars in the early hours of Sunday morning last week.
The raid followed another attack in October last year. On both occasions cash was taken.
Jenny Myzylowskyj, manager of Willows Play Centre, said: “We are all very distressed and upset following the second break in.
“You just cannot understand why they would even contemplate breaking into a pre-school. Some people just don’t care.”
Willows Play Centre had a party arriving last Sunday and staff arrived that morning to find the door smashed down and all the money taken from the tills.
Ms Myzylowskyj said: “We kept working with no money in the till so we didn’t let any of the children down. The police were around during the party though so the party members weren’t too happy about it.
“They took some wages that had been done up in cash so we couldn’t pay out staff, although we’ve paid them now.”
The burglars smashed through the fire door, emptied the safe and the tills and even took money from the cash boxes on the children’s play rides.
Ms Myzylowskyj said: “This is the second time this has happened.
“We are 99% sure it’s the same people because they knew where to go.
“There were no fingerprints. They took longer and they found the switches on the tills and they went upstairs to the pre-school to have a look through the filing cabinets.
“The damage to the door where they broke in was quite bad. It took longer for them to get in this time because we had a bolt on the door.”
Staff at the play centre are offering a £500 reward to anyhone who comes forward with a name that leads to a conviction.
A police spokesman said: “We are investigating reports of a burglary at Willows Play Village in Wylds Road, Bridgwater, some time overnight between Saturday, April 5, and Sunday, April 6.
“Offenders broke in through a fire door and stole money from cash boxes on children’s play rides and a safe.
“We are appealing for anyone who may have seen a person or people acting suspiciously in the area to come forward.
“If you have any information, please call us via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101.”