THIEVES who ransacked a Farnborough children's nursery appeared to have had inside knowledge of the premises.

Police believe they used a key to let themselves into the Busy Bees nursery in Armstrong Way.

The villains also entered a code number to disable the burglar alarm before searching the single storey building.

They forced open an office door, causing £200 worth of damage, smashed a payphone and tipped out desk drawers.

Their haul included two cameras, a Nokia mobile telephone, chocolate bars and a number cheques.

The burglars also took about £100 in cash which the toddlers had raised during a recent "Jeans for Genes" charity event.

Mrs Vikki Skinner, senior manager of the 159-place nursery, described the thieves as "mean spirited".

She said the stolen cameras had contained photographs of the children having fun during the "Jeans for Genes" day.

"The break-in has caused us a tremendous amount of inconvenience," she said. "We've had to change all the locks and repair the other damage."

Mrs Skinner added, however, that she and the rest of the staff were determined that the raid would not ruin this week's first birthday celebrations.