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School's saga of vandalism

A HUDDERSFIELD school has been hit by a catalogue of vandalism.

A HUDDERSFIELD school has been hit by a catalogue of vandalism.

Now, staff at Crow Lane Junior, Infant and Nursery School in Milnsbridge have compiled a dossier of vandalism and problems at the school including damage to the roof, evidence of drug use and piles of broken glass.

They hope a new £30,000 security fence will ease the problems.

It is planned that the fence - paid for by Kirklees Council and the school - will be in place in April.

Head teacher Chris Lees said: "It gets worse in the summer, with the light nights.

"The caretaker spends most of Monday mornings clearing up smashed beer bottles and cans from the playground."

The fence will also protect the school's wildlife area, which includes a pond. In one sickening incident, hooligans nailed frogs to the ground near the pond.

Over the last 18 months, the school has spent £15,000 on making the badly-leaking, 30ft-high roof waterproof.

Its Victorian slate tiles, which cost at least £250 to replace with second-hand ones, have been systematically destroyed by vandals.

Anti-vandal measures - such as spikes and sticky black paint - have not deterred them.

Staff turned up one morning to find a double bed divan base on top of a 10ft-high chimney stack on the roof.

Mr Lees said: "Vandals took it along a gutter between two roof sections, with a sheer drop into the playground below, in the wind and rain at night.

"We came into school to see this bed perched there in splendid isolation. We were utterly flabbergasted. It took three of us to get it back down again.

"We were lucky not to find the perpetrators dead. This prank alone has left us with £1,000 worth of roof repairs."

People have been spotted in the evenings and weekends playing football in the playground and retrieving balls from the roof.

Mr Lees added: "They have also been running up and sliding down the V section of the hall roof, which causes lots of damage.

"We need to stop all this vandalism. It is very dangerous - and we are responsible for them if they fall off."


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