A BAGILLT football club has helped to repair damage to school property after vandals torched one of their planter boxes.

The Leader previously reported that North Wales Police launched an appeal after three teenagers destroyed the children’s planter boxes and set them alight after breaking into the courtyard at Ysgol Merllyn in Bagillt.

In setting the planter box wood alight, they caused damage to the bottom field – which is also used by AFC Bagillt.

Fire crews from the Flint base were called to the scene after a neighbour to the school raised the alarm about the blaze.

Team members have since kindly offered to repair the planter boxes and reseed the grass which was burnt away.

Team member Logan Burgers told the Leader how the team are grateful for the school allowing them to use their facilities to train.

He said: “I went to that school as so did half of our team and my daughter is currently at that school.

“I run the Blossoms Pub and with a few mates decided to start a pub football team. As there’s no pub league anymore we have decided to join the Saturday League which is the North East Wales Football League - which we are currently in the process of doing.

“The school have been so kind to let us use the bottom pitch. We are a small community and think it is important to look out for the school and each other.”

He added that, as well as repairing the damage, some team members completed a general litter pick – whilst abiding by social distancing and collected several bags of rubbish.

Tracy Jones, head teacher at Ysgol Merllyn, said: “I am devastated about the arson attack on the school. Thankfully the fabric of the building wasn’t affected but it had the potential, given the dry weather, to be extremely serious.

“Please can members of the public contact the police if they have any information.”

North Wales Police issued an appeal for the youths - believed to be between the ages of 13 and 14 - that were spotted in the school grounds on Sunday, May 31, between 8.45pm and 9pm.

Anyone with information that can assist police with their investigation into the matter are being asked to contact North Wales Police via their live webchat feature quoting the reference code 20000315585.

People can also call 101 or speak to CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.