Thieves steal school bus in raid in Oxfordshire

Thieves have stolen equipment valued at more than £60,000 from an independent school in west Oxfordshire.

Burglars forced their way into a barn in the grounds of Cokethorpe School near Ducklington and stole a school bus, generator and trailer.

They then left the school's grounds through the perimeter fence, into a lay-by on the A415.

Thames Valley Police believe the break-in happened overnight between 15 and 16 September.

Old mansion house

Cokethorpe School, founded in 1957, educates 660 girls and boys aged from 4 to 18.

The £4,795 per term school centres around an old mansion house set in 150 acres of parkland.

The headmaster, Damian Ettinger, declined to comment.

Det Con Adrian Brooksbank said: "I would like to speak with anyone who was in the area who may have seen or heard anything, or anyone with information about this incident.

"Perhaps you were travelling along the A415 and saw people entering the school site late at night? Perhaps you saw the thieves leaving the grounds? If you did we need to speak with you as soon as possible."

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