Children saddened by vandalism at Plymouth school
CHILDREN at a city primary school have been left "upset and incensed" after vandals caused more than £1,000 worth of damage and destroyed a bird nesting box.
Youngsters at Leigham Primary School returned to lessons on Monday to find out their school had been attacked by "a group of young men".
Headteacher Jane Bellamy said the group were captured on CCTV running across the school roof on Saturday between 5.45pm and 7.30pm.
During the attack the vandals then pulled the bird box off the wall breaking the box, the camera allowing pupils to watch the nesting progress and dropping the nest itself to the ground.
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As a result the school, which has around 420 pupils, has been forced to replace 110 tiles on the roof and the nesting birds have been left without a home.
Mrs Bellamy said: "Thankfully the CCTV has a significant amount of footage of them, so police will be able to track them down.
"The bird box was deliberately smashed up. The children are really, really disappointed. They missed out on seeing the birds and the eggs last time because vandals smashed the box just ahead of the spring and now it's happened again.
"It's very frustrating because we have to spend time and money fixing the things they've damaged rather than concentrating on developing new exciting things."
It is the second time in less than two months that Leigham Primary School has been victim to vandals.
In December last year, as the school broke up for the Christmas holidays, vandals caused £5,000 worth of damage.
Mrs Bellamy added: "The children were all really incensed and sad. They were trying to think of schemes so the school could be safer from damage.
"We have now invested in Prikka Strips on the roof to try and deter people and make it more difficult to climb.
"If anybody knows anything about these young men we'd be very grateful if they reported it to the police."
Police are appealing for witnesses and ask anyone with information to contact them on 101 quoting El/13/464.