VAN­DALS TRASH PLAY AREA

Stockport Times East - - FRONT PAGE - Beth Ab­bit beth.ab­bit@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @BethAb­bit

Chil­dren and teach­ers were left dev­as­tated when they dis­cov­ered a play­ground had been trashed by van­dals.

Staff and pupils re­turned to Oswald road Pri­mary School af­ter the easter break to find sheds con­tain­ing toys and sports equip­ment had been de­stroyed.

Bosses at the Chorl­ton school say young­sters were left heart­bro­ken by the ‘mind­less’ attack – and be­lieve the dam­aged equip­ment could cost more than £1,000 to re­place.

head­teacher deb­o­rah howard said: “it’s heart­break­ing to see this hap­pen. Our staff have worked so hard to make our school a lovely place for the chil­dren to play and learn. it’s such a shame for it to be ru­ined for no rea­son what­so­ever.”

Teach­ers dis­cov­ered three of the sheds used to store equip­ment had been van­dalised, with the doors torn off and the shed walls smashed. Some of the equip­ment stored in­side the sheds was also dam­aged ‘be­yond re­pair’, in­clud­ing scoot­ers, balls and a tent. Most of the chil­dren’s ac­tiv­ity equip­ment was strewn across the play­ground.

Par­ent Gareth Tid­man, who has two chil­dren at the school, said the dam­age was mind­less.

he said: “it’s re­ally sad that any­one would tar­get the school in this way.

“it sounds like mind­less van­dal­ism. When equip­ment is dam­aged, it is the chil­dren that lose out.”

A school spokesman said: “We’d es­ti­mate there is in ex­cess of £1,000 worth of dam­age.”

A po­lice spokesman said the dam­age is thought to have oc­curred be­tween noon on Tues­day, April 14, and noon on Fri­day April, 17. They said: “The of­fend­ers have forced en­try into some stor­age sheds and stolen items within.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call the po­lice on 101 or Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

Dam­age to one of the sheds at Oswald Road Pri­mary School, Chorl­ton

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