Residents' despair as vandals target school and cars in Cleethorpes
SCHOOLCHILDREN and residents in Cleethorpes were today counting the cost of a spate of vandalism which damaged their play area and cars.
Youths daubed vile slogans in the play area of St Peter's Church of England Primary School, and following another incident, residents in Sandringham Road, called for action to stem the catalogue of vandalism in their street.
The latest attack at St Peter's is the second in the past 20 months – arsonists caused £1,300 damage by burning the pupils' play shed in September 2010.
Resort residents and community leaders will meet at the school on Monday at 7pm to call for better protection of property.
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Today, headteacher Jo Wiseman said scarce cash resources would have to be diverted from educational resources towards CCTV cameras to deter further criminal damage.
Vandals used a can of spray paint to write abusive slogans and "M-Cat is good", and to promote the PPC, which are the initials of the youth gang the People's Park Crew, although it is not known if they were involved.
M-Cat is the drug currently being highlighted in a Grimsby Telegraph campaign.
The windows of the school were also targeted and a hanging basket was vandalised by the gang, which climbed over the playground fence from Yarra Road at about 6.30pm last Wednesday, during half term.
The school's caretaker Keith Brown and reception teacher Danielle Parry spent the rest of the holidays clearing the worst of it.
Mrs Wiseman said: "Since the fire we had a period of calm, but this is heartbreaking for the children. We scrimp and save to do what we can for the children and make it look the best we can, then these mindless vandals come along and ruin it.
"The cost of cameras is budget we would rather spend on the children so they have the things other children have, but we will have to look at getting them."
Miss Parry said: "I am disappointed. It is the children who suffer. If we had not come in during the holidays to clean the worst off, the children would not have been able to get out today."
Reception pupil, Amina Osman, 5, said: "I am cross with them. They should clean it up."
Kian McCaw, 5, said: "They are naughty. When they catch them they should go to jail.
"They went to school when they were young, just like us, but they have turned nasty."
A Humberside Police spokeswoman said officers were investigating.
She said: "Unknown persons have entered the school grounds and caused damage to the windows, playground equipment and a hanging basket was damaged.
"The offenders were believed to have been disturbed and ran away in an unknown direction."
Anyone with information was urged to contact Humberside Police by calling 101 quoting crime reference number 1911276.