Rainbow Nursery: Minibus stolen from Bathgate nursery in the early hours of the morning

The 17 seater minibus was used to take the nursery children to school.

By Rachel Mackie
Monday, 14th September 2020, 3:57 pm
Updated Monday, 14th September 2020, 3:57 pm

A nursery has been left devastated after their minibus was stolen in the early hours of Monday morning.

Rainbow Nursery in Bathgate had a 17-seat minibus parked in Gideon Court car park opposite their building.

The driver noticed that the bus was missing when he turned up for work this morning.

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The 17 seater minibus was used to take the nursery children to school.

Nursery manager Susan Johnston told the Edinburgh Evening News: “It’s terrible.

“Absolutely terrible.

“The van was used to take our children to school and after school clubs and things.

“It was still full of their booster seats.

"We just can’t believe it.”

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The van can be seen on the nursery’s CCTV leaving the parking lot at 1.21 am on Monday.

Ms Johnston added: “We do have another minibus but all the children can’t fit in it.

“We’re going to have to try and use some of the staff’s cars, and some of the children who go to more local schools will walk.

“We are thankful that the sun will be shining this week, that’s something.

“To think that someone would do this, it’s just really sad.”

The nursery contacted the police to report the missing bus.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "We received a report of a theft of a mini bus from Gideon Court car park in Bathgate around 9.30am on Monday, 14 September, 2020.

“Enquiries are ongoing."

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