REVEALED: Bizarre list of items stolen from Doncaster council buildings

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Artificial grass, a school door and a musical instrument are among the list of items stolen from Doncaster council buildings over the last two years.

Figures gained through a Freedom of Information request have revealed the vast array of items pinched from council offices and buildings since 2013.

Thieves have taken hundreds of items with a combined value of thousands of pounds since April 2013.

From computer equipment at Stainforth Children’s Centre to portable devices from Doncaster Specialist Disability Services, there seems to be no limit to what property thieves will pilfer. Elsewhere items were stripped from council vehicles parked in Menson Drive, Hatfield, Coppice Road, Highfields and Askern Road, Bentley.

Steve Mawson, Doncaster Council’s assistant director of finance and performance, said: “The theft of council property is a serious issue that we don’t take lightly.

“We are committed to protecting council property from theft, and have taken steps over the last 12 months to improve security at a number of sites.

“When thefts do still occur, we report incidents to the police and work with them to recover items where possible.”

According to information provided, a total of 16 Doncaster schools were burgled by thieves between April 10, 2013 and February 9, 2015.

They were: Green Top Primary School, Hexthorpe Primary school, Saltersgate Junior school, Hatchell Wood Primary school, Morley Place, Adwick Primary school’s lower site, Intake Primary, Bessacarr Primary school, North Ridge school, Rosedale Primary school, Waverley Primary school, King Edward Primary school.

Some of the items pinched from schools include bicycles, artificial grass, a heating system, roof tiles and mobile phones.

Meanwhile, items taken from other council buildings included roofing from the Mansion House, computer equipment and portable devices from the Civic Offices and tools and machinery from the North Bridge depot.

Anyone who has witnessed a crime such as theft is asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 101.

Alternatively ring crime-busting charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The charity pays cash rewards of up to £1,000 if the information leads to one or more people being arrested and charged.