SPLASHING around in a paddling pool on the hottest day of the year so far would have been a special treat for children at a Holbeach nursery.
But the youngsters at Twiglets Day Nursery in Branches Lane arrived on Monday to find they wouldn’t be filling up their paddling pool as their hose pipe had been stolen from the garden.
Manager Julie Buckley believes it was taken either on Saturday or Sunday and was not removed by force.
She said: “It was screwed to the wall. It was removed properly. Someone has gone over the gate and taken the hose and nothing else. They must have then climbed over the top of the gate again.
“We have explained to the children about the naughty person who came and took their hose pipe.”
As temperatures soared up to about 30 degrees, an array of outdoor activities had been planned for the tots.
While Julie says they were still able to make boats and sail them and make a few puddles using buckets of water, the children missed out on taking a dip in the paddling pool and watering their garden.
She said the hose pipe had been bought a couple of years earlier with the help of staff, parents and friends, who donated vouchers collected from shopping at Morrisons supermarket.
Anyone who saw anything suspicious or has any information should call Lincolnshire Police on 0300 1110300.