Big John's dad comes to aid of pupils after burglary hell
A KIND-HEARTED businessman has stepped in to help primary school pupils targeted by thieves — and is calling on other bosses to get involved too.
Cyril Hartson, dad of footballing hero John and owner of city business Hartson Fire, was so touched by the plight of Plasmarl Primary that he got in touch with the Post to offer his support.
As the paper reported on Thursday, the school has been broken into four times since August, and has had 15 laptop computers stolen.
Head teacher Lucy Saunders said the thefts had left pupils and staff "devastated".
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But now Mr Hartson has launched a call for cash to buy new computers for the youngsters.
The boss of the Llansamlet- based fire protection firm said: "I am absolutely appalled at what happened — how could anyone do this to a primary school?
"I know these are tough times but I am sure people would like to help replace the laptops.
"I want to start the ball rolling by putting in a couple of hundred pounds — and I hope other businesses will join me."
Ian Corbett, who lives just 200 yards from the school on Landeg Street, pleaded guilty to burgling the school on September 9 and taking five laptops, worth £2,295.
He also admitted entering the school again a month later with intent to steal — but he left empty handed because valuables had been moved to another part of the building.
Swansea Magistrates Court heard that Corbett had sold the laptops he had stolen from the children for £500.
Andrew Evans, representing Corbett, said his client had been drinking heavily and his "inhibitions were lowered" before breaking in.
Corbett will appear before Swansea Crown Court — which has greater powers of sentencing than magistrates court — on December 10.
Plasmarl head teacher Lucy Saunders said the school was very grateful for Mr Hartson's support.
She said: "During the past few years of financial constraint we are increasingly reliant on internal fundraising and external donations.
"Without computer equipment our children are missing out on important opportunities to acquire new skills.
"We really appreciate the support shown to us by Mr Hartson."