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Community urged to work together to stop school vandals

From left, Darragh McLoughlin (5) Harry Garrett (6), Layla-Mae Moore (5) and Hannah Brew (5) are sad after vandals struck at Ballasalla School

From left, Darragh McLoughlin (5) Harry Garrett (6), Layla-Mae Moore (5) and Hannah Brew (5) are sad after vandals struck at Ballasalla School

  • by Mel Wright
 

Vandals have targeted children’s play equipment and urinated in plant pots in a series of incidents in recent months at Ballasalla Primary School.

There has also been damage to the drain pipes and roof tiles, also to plants and flowers being grown by the pupils and shrubbery.

Young people also climb onto the roof, putting themselves and others at risk.

‘This is causing a great deal of upset to the children, staff and the wider community itself,’ said head teacher Lyn Ashworth. 
‘We have a lovely environment in which the children take responsibility for looking after the wildlife garden, the planters and their own games equipment and outside toys. It is so distressing to see the damage caused by a minority of youths who don’t seem to realise the impact of their actions.’ Within weeks of new play material arriving, it was trashed.

The school plans to install CCTV to deter vandals.

Constable Lou Kennaugh said: ‘The teachers and staff put a lot of effort into making it a safe and nurturing environment only for it to be harmed by some individuals with no regard for other people’s property. The children put a great deal of work into the area only to find it damaged and broken when they come in for school in the mornings. I urge the local community to help by realising that this school is part of their area and is to be enjoyed by all but at present it is being spoiled by a few.’

 

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