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Distress after play equipment vandalised

PUBLISHED: 11:43 14 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:21 06 July 2010

Play equipment has been vandalised at St Margaret's Primary School. Picture: ANDY DARNELL

Play equipment has been vandalised at St Margaret's Primary School. Picture: ANDY DARNELL

YOUNGSTERS at a Lowestoft nursery have been left distraught after vandals destroyed play equipment in their school's garden.

Over recent weeks vandals have attacked play houses and other outside play equipment at the nursery attached to St Margaret's Primary School in St Margaret's Road.

YOUNGSTERS at a Lowestoft nursery have been left distraught after vandals destroyed play equipment in their school's garden.

Over recent weeks vandals have attacked play houses and other outside play equipment at the nursery attached to St Margaret's Primary School in St Margaret's Road.

One playhouse had only recently been purchased and built, but it was attacked by vandals even before the children at the school's nursery could use it.

Deputy headteacher at the school, Sarah Emmens, told the Journal: “The children have been left distraught by what has happened to the play equipment.

“They cannot understand what has happened and why they cannot use the new playhouse and slide.”

On at least three separate occasions - the latest being last weekend - vandals broke panels, windows and part of the supporting structure, meaning the play equipment is not safe for young children to use.

“Whoever was responsible not only kicked in panels and windows they also removed screws holding the structure together.

“I feel very sorry for the children at the school's nursery but we will not let the vandals win and will be repairing or replacing the damaged equipment.

“Along with everyone else at the school I am very grateful to our alert neighbours who report any suspicious activity when the school is closed to the police.

“I am sure this has helped prevent even more damage being caused,” said Mrs Emmens.

Lowestoft police are investigating the vandalism and anyone who has any information is asked to telephone 01986 835100.

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