Five school children aged between 8 and 10 years-old are suspected of stealing five bicycles from a nursery in Surrey during a purported break-in. The break-in is said to have occurred between 16th and 19th August. Reports suggest £500 worth of damage was caused to Leatherhead Trinity Children’s Centre after sandpits were opened and left “exposed to the weather,” according to police.
The bicycles were recovered and returned, undamaged, to the centre.
The police say all five girls have been spoken to. Two of the girls were under ten years of age, which in England and Wales is the age of criminal responsibility. The police cannot take any action against any child below the age of 10, regardless of the crime that is said to have been committed.
Three of the girls, all aged 10, were interviewed and investigations are yet to be resolved.