Vandals damage primary school memorial garden

PUBLISHED: 12:00 27 October 2015

Vandalised Memorial garden Locking Primary School.

Vandalised Memorial garden Locking Primary School.

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A VILLAGE primary school has been targeted by ‘mindless vandals’ over several weekends and has had to fork out on extra security cameras.

Locking Primary School has been victim of a number of attacks over several weekends, but in the ‘most upsetting’ incident the vandals trampled over a memorial garden.

The culprits smashed school noticeboards and destroyed play equipment in recent weeks, but last weekend also caused £300 of damage to a greenhouse and walked over the new memorial garden created in memory of seven-year-old April Reeves.

April was a pupil at the school when she died in a tragic accident while out cycling with her family in May.

Headteacher Joanne Jones said: “Over a number of weekends, we have all been really disappointed to return on a Monday morning to find intruders have been on site.

“Noticeboards have been broken, the foundation stage outdoor classroom has been vandalised and most recently we returned to find the panes in our greenhouse smashed.

“We are working closely with the police and sadly have had to invest in CCTV to help stop this mindless vandalism.”

Police are appealing for information which could help their enquiries into the damage.

Neighbourhood PCSO Jeanie Thompson said: “What is most upsetting for the school is that in causing this damage the culprits have trodden over a memorial garden.

“We have visited the school and offered some security advice.”

The police would like anyone with any information about who is responsible for the damage to call 101, quoting reference 5215022529.

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