'Sick' vandals put broken glass in garden plants at Bagillt primary school


Jamie Nield-Siddall

“SICK” vandals hid broken glass among plants in a school garden used by children.

This is one of the mindless acts that have taken place at Ysgol Merllyn in Bagillt.

Community leader Andrew Griffiths, who is also the vice-chair of governors at the school, has called for a greater police presence to patrol the area at night.

He told members of Bagillt Community Council that the school has been the victim of an ongoing problem.

Windows have been smashed, broken glass has been hidden inside plants, fencing has been cut – leaving sharp jagged edges – and waste pipes have been broken off in acts of criminal damage.

John Green, deputy headteacher, said: “The staff and children have been very distressed with the ongoing problem of damage to school property caused by a minority of irresponsible people. We are however extremely grateful for the advice and assistance given by North Wales Police who have been very supportive. 

“Police officers have visited the school and provided some very helpful and practical advice to help address this problem, including a list of security measures we can put in place. 

“Operation Gingerbread was launched from our school on Wednesday and the police have loaned us a CCTV camera to help monitor the school premises.”

The Operation Gingerbread scheme is aimed at reducing crime, anti-social behaviour and criminal damage on school premises during the summer holidays.

Mr Green added: “One thing that annoyed me the most was we have a little garden planting area for the children and one day the caretaker came to me and said that someone had put the broken glass inside the plants. That is just sick.”

He said the school has always allowed public access out of school hours, but following advice from the police they will now keep all the gates locked.

Cllr Griffiths said a child could be hurt if something isn’t done on the issue.

“They are getting into the school grounds and smashing the windows and damaging the window frames,” he added.

“The fence on a five-a-side football pitch has been cut and it is leaving a jagged edge. It is leaving sharp edges. If one of the children catch themselves on it, it will make a right mess.”

Cllr Griffiths there is concern regarding child safety, but also where the school will find the money from to make repairs.

“We are fighting a battle we need to win as it is the safety of the children,” he said.

Bagillt Community Council will write to North Wales Police to increase police presence at the school.

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