Minibuses stolen from Kingswinford school as pupils set to miss trips and sports events

-Credit: (Image: West Midlands Police)
-Credit: (Image: West Midlands Police)


Dudley pupils face missing a trip and sports event after two minibuses were stolen from their school. West Midlands Police are investigating after the buses, which had access for a wheelchair, were stolen from Summerhill School in Kingswinford, Dudley.

Intruders rammed through the gates into the grounds of Summerhill School, Lodge Lane, before making off with the vehicles at around 11.30pm on Sunday June 16. Both vehicles are white Citroen vans and they have the school’s branding on them.

However police believe the school's livery may have been removed or painted over. Summerhill School head teacher Tim Harris told the BBC as a result of the theft, it was "very unlikely" that two disabled students would make it on a school trip.

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The Lodge Lane school also had to pull out of a rounders tournament, with staff and pupils left devastated at the theft. Neighbourhood policing manager Inspector Sarah Smyth said: “Vehicle theft causes upset and inconvenience to people but it’s particularly unfair for a school to be targeted in this way.

Dudley pupils face missing trips after two minibuses were stolen from their school. West Midlands Police are investigating after the buses, which had access for a wheelchair, were stolen from Summerhill School in Kingswinford -Credit:West Midlands Police
Dudley pupils face missing trips after two minibuses were stolen from their school. West Midlands Police are investigating after the buses, which had access for a wheelchair, were stolen from Summerhill School in Kingswinford -Credit:West Midlands Police

“The minibuses are used to take staff and pupils on field trips, and to events and other extra-curricular activities. The school needs these vehicles and it will cost them time and money to replace them.

“We’d urge whoever took the minibuses to do the decent thing by owning up, coming forward and returning them.

"But we’re asking for anyone with information that could help our investigation to contact us on 101, or via Live Chat on our website, and quote crime reference 20/589852/24.”