Primary school targeted by 'senseless' vandals

PUBLISHED: 12:30 12 January 2015 | UPDATED: 09:21 13 January 2015

Damage at the school

Damage at the school

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CHILDREN, teachers and volunteers are 'demoralised' after seeing their primary school torn up by 'senseless' vandals.

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East Huntspill Primary School in New Road was targeted by hooligans, who have damaged the outdoor play areas, preschool toys and the school’s memorial garden wildlife pond.

A member of the school’s PTA received a call on New Year’s Day from a member of the public, who noticed toys spread across the playing fields next to the school.

The group and the school are now appealing for any information about this incident.

PTA member Amy Griffin said: “After receiving the call, the parent went to investigate and found somebody had broken in and vandalised the younger class’ outdoor play equipment.

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“Lots of people have offered to help clear up and fix the damaged toys.

“It is the children that are going to miss out and the children who are hurt and upset in all of this.

“We are just grateful we found it before they went back to school so they didn’t have to face it.

“Everybody is really shocked that anybody would break in to a school and break children’s toys. A lot of people are upset because a lot of the equipment was fundraised for by the PTA.

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“It is senseless and people are very angry.”

The damage includes a broken Wendy house, smashed play equipment and the picnic tables were tipped over and one was thrown into the bike shed, which cracked the Perspex.

They also damaged the preschool equipment including the playhouse and the toy cooker.

But volunteers pulled together on Saturday to clear the damage before the youngsters returned to school on Monday.

Mrs Griffin said: “I would think the children will be quite upset, a lot of the outdoor play equipment will be unusable for the foreseeable future for the younger class.

“Children from the older classes will be upset about the garden – we all worked really hard in the summer to make the garden in memory of a former PTA member.

“It is demoralising and the son of the woman who died has been very upset.”

The police were called on New Year’s Day at 12.40pm. A police spokesman said: “The criminal damage happened some time between 5pm on December 30 and 11.40am on New Year’s Day.

“A potential witness said he saw three people believed to be teenagers wearing dark clothing with hoods walking away from the school at 7.10pm on December 31.

“If anyone has any information call Burnham police on 101, quoting reference 223/15.”

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