MONEY is being raised to replace items stolen from a nursery which has remained open to care for the children of key workers.

Workers have been left 'devastated' as Norcot Early Years Centre, in Lyndhurst Road, Tilehurst, was targeted by burglars last weekend (April 11).

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A spokesman from Thames Valley Police said: "It was reported that garden furniture had been stolen from Norcot Nursery School.

"This happened at some stage between 5pm on April 11 and 9.25am on April 13."

The nursery said this is not the first time during lockdown that it has been targeted, and a Just Giving page has been set up to raise cash to replace the stolen equipment.

So far, it has received £715 in donations.

The page states: "This is devastating to see, especially as the nursery is remaining open to care for the children of key workers.

"We would like to raise funds to help towards the cost of replacing the stolen items, including the garden equipment which gives the staff somewhere to sit in the sunshine on their well deserved breaks.

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"Anything you are able to donate, no matter how big or small, would be hugely appreciated.

"Let’s put a smile back on these wonderful faces, the ones who our children know and love so dearly."

Police say the incident is currently been filed pending further information coming to light, but anyone with any information should call 101 quoting 43200113502, or make a report online.