POLICE are investigating whether a string of thefts on the Island are linked.

Since Friday night, tools and goods have been stolen from a site off Fairlee Road, a container on a site near the cycle track in Cowes and a shed at St George's School, Watergate Road, Newport.

Alongside this, a total of 15 batteries have been stolen from temporary traffic lights on Marsh Green Road and Military Road, Freshwater, and the Main Road, Yarmouth.

The tools from St George's were used by the students in their vocational learning programmes to develop vital life skills and to promote their independence and confidence.

Head teacher of the school, Sue Holman, said: "We had only recently bought the equipment that was stolen. Our aim was to encourage some of our students into gardening employment so the large equipment was to help them learn the skills involved in landscaping.

"The people who have taken our resources have not only ruined an environment day we had planned but also the life chances of our older students to learn the skills for work. I cannot believe that some people can be so heartless."

Tools stolen from the Fairlee Road site include JCB appliances and a feller saw.

A spokesperson from Isle of Wight Police said: "We are investigating whether all these incidents are linked but as enquiries are ongoing, we cannot comment on lines of enquiry at this time."

Anyone with any information on any of the incidents should contact PC Tom Wyld at Newport Police Station with the reference number 441804172269.