A BOUNTY is on the head of vandals who caused £10,000 damage to a Huddersfield school.
The yobs etched graffiti on more than 30 windows at Holmfirth High School – mainly letters known as tags.
Headmaster Dr Andy Williams said the school is hardly ever targeted by vandals and so has taken the unusual step of putting up a £100 reward leading to the conviction of the culprits.
The police say Crimestoppers may even add to that if the information cracks the case.
Dr Williams hopes pupils at the school – or anyone else – who may know who is responsible will phone with the vital information.
The vandals struck last weekend, scratching letters up to a foot high on dozens of windows. One of the tell-tale tags is thought to read ILT.
“We are a school that has very few problems with vandalism and so this has come out of the blue,’’ said Dr Williams. “This is a very isolated case, but we felt it important to send out a strong message that it will not be tolerated. We will do all we can to find out who is responsible and make sure they are prosecuted.
“All the damaged windows will have to be replaced. They have had to be measured up and the estimated cost will be £10,000. The windows are made to order and it is hoped they will be ready sometime next week.”
He added: “We are appealing to the vast majority of decent children to let us know who is responsible for this. A very small minority of people are responsible for vandalism like this.
“Holmfirth High School has a very open site with people using it on weekends and during the evenings for sports events and evening classes.
“Children also use the fields and playgrounds out of school hours and as long as they behave responsibly, we have no problem with that.
“We see ourselves as very much a community school and we know people watch out for us when we are not there. If anyone saw anything suspicious last weekend, then call us or the police.
“The last thing we want is to have to build a fence to protect the school. This is why we have taken the action we have to try to find out who is to blame for the damage.”
Sgt Jim Carter from Kirklees CID intelligence unit said: “All calls to Crimestoppers are always treated in total confidence and that information then comes direct to this department so if people phone Crimestoppers they can be sure their information will get to the police officers who need to know it.
“There could even be more money on offer from Crimestoppers.”
People can phone the school on 01484 691460 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.