A primary school staff member was pushed against a wall by an intruder after she spotted him in the building yesterday (Monday).
Pupils and staff at Langham Primary School in Rutland were enjoying an Olympic-themed sports day when the man walked into the school at about 2.40pm and stole a purple tin containing cheques and cash. A black Radley purse which had a pink dog logo on it was also taken.
The man was spotted by a member of staff and when questioned he pushed her against the wall and she banged her head. She did not need medical treatment, but was left bruised and shaken.
Police are now appealing for witnesses and have issued a description. The man is in his late 20s or early 30s, with short dark hair, about 5ft 10in and was wearing dark clothing.
Headteacher Janet Lord said: “We were having a most incredible day and the children were all in teams for their different countries.
“We were about to give out the medals when the incident happened. The children knew nothing about it at the time and we didn’t let it ruin their day.”
Mrs Lord added: “I am very disappointed with members of society. I can’t believe someone would come into school, steal property and ruin what was a wonderful day.
“I have explained to the children what happened and we are increasing security at the school. We are very trusting here and are obviously too trusting.
“We will not let it happen again.”
Anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area or saw a man fitting the description of the suspect running away from the area is asked to contact police.
People who live in the area are also being asked to look in their gardens for the tin or the purse which may have been discarded by the suspect.
Anyone with any information can contact PC 1742 Laurie Appleton on 101 or Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.