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Minibuses stolen as after-school club ransacked by thieves

The out of school care centre in South Lanarkshire was targeted between Tuesday and Wednesday.

Happy Days: Club targeted by thieves.
Happy Days: Club targeted by thieves. Happy Days

Two minibuses have been stolen after thieves ransacked an after-school club in South Lanarkshire.

A three-figure sum of fundraising money raised by children who attend Happy Days on Kilmartin Place, Uddingston, was also stolen during the raid that took place on Tuesday night or early hours of Wednesday morning.

The children, who donated around £250 to Women's Aid at Christmas, had been planning to adopt an animal with the rest of the money.

Devastated workers said the theft of the two silver Ford Tourneo minibuses will have a "major impact" on the day-to-day running of the club.

Happy Days staff told STV News: "We are devastated to say our lovely after school club was broken into.

"The building has been damaged and our fundraising money, which the children worked hard for, has been taken too.

"The children had donated half of the money they raised to Women's Aid and kept their share to adopt an animal.

"The remainder was for play station games, docking station and outdoor equipment for the better weather coming in.

"A major impact on our day to day running is our two minibuses which have also been stolen along with all our car seats.

"This is not only devastating to staff but more importantly to the kids knowing their money has been taken and people have been in messing up their after school care."

Police Scotland confirmed that they are investigating the incident.

A spokeswoman said: "Around 7.15am on Wednesday, police received a report of a housebreaking at a nursery in Kilmartin Place, Uddingston.

"Enquiries are ongoing."

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