AN act of vandalism at a Flintshire school has been branded “soul-destroying”.
Vice chairman of governors at Holywell High School, Cllr Peter Curtis, expressed his disgust after a number of windows were smashed on the premises while the school was locked up for the summer holidays.
He described the perpetrators as “mindless thugs” and police are appealing for information over the crime, which happened little more than a week after schools in Flintshire closed their doors for the summer holidays.
The vandalism has prompted renewed safety calls from the police and the council.
“I can’t believe this has happened” said Cllr Curtis
“The culprits will be hard to identify because they will have hoods up and will not be seen on the CCTV, but I will be gutted if they are not caught”
He said the school, which is in line for a £30 million revamp in the coming years, might not be able to replace the windows before the start of the new term in September.
“We haven’t got that money to spend on mindless acts of stupidity,” he added.
Funding for the new windows will be taken from the school’s budget for 2014-15.
The incident occurred sometime between Friday, July 25 and Sunday, July 27, just days after North Wales Police urged residents living near schools to report any suspicious behaviour during the summer break.
Holywell and Flintshire councillor Rosetta Dolphin said: “The last thing we expect is schools to be damaged.
“The bottom line is I am very disappointed.”
North Wales Police Chief Inspector David Owens said: “With schools closed over the summer holidays we are urging members of the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour they see around school premises.”
The School Watch campaign, run in conjunction with Flintshire Community Safety Partnership, aims to get parents residents and teachers, as well as the emergency services and local authorities, working together to keep schools and the immediate area safe and free from crime and anti-social behaviour.
On July 21, police were called to Ysgol Merllyn Primary School in Bagillt following a bin fire in the grounds.
They have since launched an investigation into what caused the blaze.
Anyone with information about either of the crimes should call police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.
Alternatively to provide police with details about the incidents please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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