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Harleston Primary School grounds vandalised in destructive rampage

The activity marquee at Harleston Primary School was almost completely destroyed by vandals at the weekend

The activity marquee at Harleston Primary School was almost completely destroyed by vandals at the weekend

A primary school in south Norfolk was left in total shock after vandals took off on a destructive rampage through the school grounds during the weekend.

The offenders, who are believed to have been under the influence of alcohol, targeted Harleston Church of England VA Primary School some time between midday on Saturday, June 21 and 8am on Sunday, June 22, destroying a large marquee that had been set up for use as a children’s activity area.

Five gazebos within the tent were seriously damaged, tables were overturned and several displays comprising schoolwork by pupils were completely ripped apart.

Roger Walsh, headteacher at Harleston Primary School, said: “It is absolutely devastating to us and all of the community.”

The school remained open as usual today despite the damage, and Mr Walsh said that every class was allowed to witness the scene of destruction.

This shocking incident is the second time in as many months that a Norfolk primary school has been the victim of a break-in.

In mid-May of this year, thieves smashed their way into St Mary’s Church of England Junior School in Long Stratton and made off with an unknown amount of money.

Anybody able to provide relevant information about the incident has been urged to contact PC Steve Phillips at Diss Police Station on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 

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