DNA grease to foil Rosegrove Nursery thieves

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A NURSERY school in Burnley will be protected by a unique DNA grease following a spate of thefts.

Equipment at Rosegrove Nursery School has all been marked with the forensic DNA after it was targeted five times in the last six months by thieves who made off with a scanner, worth £400, and caused around £1,000 damage.

Neighbourhood police officers have installed SelectaDNA both inside and outside the building in Havelock Street. 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 an offender forensically linking them to the scene of a crime.

Crime prevention officer PC Phil Buck said: “Offenders have been so determined they have risked serious injury climbing the fences to enter the building. These thefts have not only caused stress to the staff, children and parents who use the school but significant damage has also been caused to gain entry.”

Police community support office Charlotte Broadhurst, who installed the Selecta, added: “We have leafleted all homes in the area and spoken with parents.

“Thieves should be aware of the disruption and stress they cause. If you break in again we will catch you.”

Any other schools in the area that are interested in the installation of forensic DNA to deter thieves, can contact the Crime Prevention Department on 01282 472705.