School dam­aged, names wanted

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STEWART

Po­lice are seek­ing in­for­ma­tion on a group of teenagers who threw a bench through a win­dow at Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate on Satur­day night.

Wit­nesses saw about eight peo­ple in their late teens hang­ing out on the school grounds be­tween 9.30pm and 11.30pm.

Con­sta­ble Dale Drake said they ap­peared to be drink­ing and caused a con­sid­er­able amount of dam­age to school prop­erty.

One win­dow was smashed us­ing a tree stake, the glass from a class­room door was bro­ken and a sec­ond class­room door had a bench thrown through it.

The bench was still in the glass panel the next morn­ing.

The glass was all re­in­forced and would be ex­pen­sive to re­pair, Mr Drake said.

Newly-planted gar­dens were de­stroyed and soc­cer goal posts that the school had fundraised to pay for were snapped and pulled over.

The astroturf on the school cricket pitch was also pulled up. Empty al­co­hol cans were left be­hind. Mr Drake would like to talk to any­one who saw or heard any­thing re­lat­ing to the dam­age.

He also en­cour­aged par­ents of teenagers to ask their chil­dren if they knew any­thing about it.

‘‘We just need one name then we can work it out,’’ he said.

You can con­tact Mr Drake at the Mata­mata Po­lice Sta­tion on 888 7117 or leave in­for­ma­tion anony­mously with Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

ni­cola.stewart@wrcn.co.nz

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