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Vandals do a paint job on a town school

A fenced-off area at Spalding Parish Day School, Clay Lake, Spalding, where vandals threw paint at windows and doors during the half-term break.

A fenced-off area at Spalding Parish Day School, Clay Lake, Spalding, where vandals threw paint at windows and doors during the half-term break.

A Spalding primary school has had an unwelcome half-term makeover after vandals threw paint over windows and doors.

Pictures on display, direction signs, a small children’s drum kit and an outdoor area were all damaged at Spalding Parish Day School after an intruder or gang left behind a trail of mess at the school in Clay Lake.

Police think the culprits climbed over a fence and found some tins of paint in an unlocked cupboard outside the school, before throwing paint over sections of the building some time between 3pm last Friday and 10am on Monday.

Pupils and staff broke up for the half-term holidays last Thursday and are due back at school on Monday.

But in a tweet on its own website, the school said: “Really disappointing, mindless damage to our wonderful Foundation Stage 2 outdoor area and displayed images.

“Ultimately, the people this kind of mindless damage impacts on is the children.

“Do our children not deserve better?”

The school’s vice chairman of governors and Vicar of St Mary and St Nicolas Church, Spalding, Rev John Bennett, said: “I read about the vandalism on the Spalding Today website.

“It is upsetting and very frustrating that money which should be spent on the children will instead have to be used to repair the damage.”

Spalding community policing sergeant Paul Coleman said: “It is disappointing that the offenders have chosen to target a primary school, a place of learning for young children, and caused mindless damage.

“There is no apparent motive other than to cause annoyance and inconvenience to the staff and pupils.

“Enquiries are ongoing and we will pursue any available lines of enquiry in an effort to bring these offenders to justice.

“We are currently viewing CCTV but I would re-iterate that if anybody does have any information, they can call us on 101, quoting incident number 107 of February 17.”

You can also call Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111 or email kimberly.marlowe@lincs.pnn.police.uk

 

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