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Vandals cause hundreds of pounds worth of damage at Tardebigge school
8:00am Monday 9th September 2013 in Local
VANDALS have caused hundreds of pounds of damage at a Tardebigge school just days before the start of the new term.
Shocked staff at Tardebigge First School returned from the summer holidays only to discover the damage to an outdoor pavilion area.
The pavilion is usually used as an outdoor classroom but headteacher, Julie Cutler, said the damage now meant the children’s pupils, including the new intake, could not use it.
Around £800 worth of damage was caused included smashed light fittings, broken wood spindles, and damage to two picnic tables and to the pavilion’s window.
Nothing was stolen in the incident, which led the headteacher of the Church Lane-based school to speculate it could have been caused by metal thieves.
“We know they went up on top of the school building, so we wondered if they were looking for lead,” she said.
“They wouldn’t have found any as it has already been removed.
“We left (last term) on a high and come back to this.
“We feel targeted, this feels really personal. I have been the headteacher for five years, it is a really close school - we have had nothing like this before.”
A West Mercia Police spokesman said, due to the school’s remote location, it was difficult to carry out house-to-house inquiries in the area.
A community support officer visited the school to examine the damage, which is suspected of being caused between 6pm on Thursday, August 29, and 3.30pm on Friday, August 30.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on non-emergency number 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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