Student’s coursework was in boot of stolen car

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Police are appealing for the safe return of three years worth of student coursework which was in the boot of a car stolen in Newton-le-Willows.

Officers were called to Pipit Avenue at about 8.30am on Saturday, May 24, following a report that a white, three door, BMW 114d had been stolen from the driveway of a house.

It’s believed the offenders smashed a glass panel in the front door of the property at around 5.30am, stole the car keys, then drove off in the car - which is a 63 plate.

Patrols attended and crime scene investigators are carrying out inquiries.

CCTV from the area is also being located and reviewed.

An investigation into the full circumstances surrounding the incident is continuing.

Detective Constable Tracy Awbery, of St Helens CID, said: “We are obviously keen to trace the car that was stolen but the most important thing for the victim is the safe return of the coursework.

“She is a student nurse who is coming to the end of her course and the portfolio represents three years of hard work and dedication which cannot be replaced.

“She must have the work to complete her degree and without it she may have to re-take all three years.”

DC Awbery added: “She is obviously beside herself with worry and desperate for its safe return so that she can finish her course this summer and get on with her career.

“I would appeal to the offenders to search their consciences then get in touch to let us know where the car and coursework are.

“I would also urge anyone with information about this incident to contact us as soon as possible so that we can try to reunite the victim with her work.”

A police spokesman confirmed that the university where the victim studies has since vowed to support her “as much as they can” given her plight.

She will not be forced to re-take all three years of her course but must complete the third year as well as she can and do her best to fill in any gaps in her work.

The return of her work is still important for the completion of her course.

Anyone with information can call detectives in St Helens CID on 0151 777 6812 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.