Ightenhill school uses DNA technology to catch thieves


A NURSERY school in Burnley which was repeatedly targeted by thieves has been marked with a DNA substance designed to catch culprits.

Ightenhill Nursery School, in Lionel Street, has been broken into four times during the last 12 months by thieves who made off with three laptops, around £600 cash and caused £400 of damage.

In response to the incidents police have installed SelectaDNA both inside and outside the building.

The transferable DNA, which cannot be washed away, comes in the form of grease with its own unique code. This transfers to the skin, clothes, hair and shoes of criminals, forensically linking them to the scene of a crime.

PCSO Lisa Tyler said: “These thefts have not only caused stress to the staff, children and parents who use the school but significant damage has also been caused.

“This is just one measure to further protect schools from thieves. We will continue to do all we can to deter and identify offenders and I urge anyone who sees anything suspicious to contact the police.”

Any other schools in the area that are interested in the installation of forensic DNA to deter thieves, can contact the crime prevention department at Burnley police station on 01282 472705