October 18, 2018
A ten-year-old pupil has been hailed the hero after locating her school’s stolen minibus, following a break-in. Fenani, from Halliwell, turned detective after turning up at school one day with news of a burglary and the stolen minibus.
Thieves Attempt Second Break-in
During the break-in, the thieves also attempted to take the safe and another minibus but failed as the battery had not been used over the summer holidays. Deputy Head of Gaskell Primary School, Miss Sarah Barlow said: “When the children came to school in the day, we had two doors boarded up, so they started to ask what happened.
“We told them in assembly to keep an eye out for the bus as they make their way home.”
School Seeks Help To Locate Minibus
After speaking to the children, the school sent out a text message to pupils’ parents informing them of the break-in and appealing to them for help. It was later that afternoon Fenani met her friend and both girls went out in search for the school minibus.
To everyone’s delight, the girls came across the vehicle in a street nearby St Matthew’s School. A passer-by heard the girl’s excitement and called the school to let them know the minibus has been found. The van was later retrieved from its location. Pupils had raised around £20,000 over the past three years for four minibuses which are regularly used for school trips.
Pupil Praised for Heroic Efforts
Fenani has since been presented with a citizenship award in recognition of her help for locating the school minibus, the same day also named head girl at Gaskell Primary School. Miss Barlow added: “Fenani actually went looking for the minibus with her friend which is really nice, that’s how much they cared about it. It’s one of those qualities we want in our children. They all worked so hard for the minibus.”
Following the incident, the school’s four minibus vehicles were taken off site and fitted with security trackers.