VANDALS TRASH PLAY AREA
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