Yobs attack another Wakefield school

Stanely Grove pupils Lucy Bowery and Mitchell Peers are angry and upset that vandals have yet again been targeting the school during the holidays.'A major clean up operation has recently finished, to remove large amounts of broken glass from the playground.'w7554a203
Stanely Grove pupils Lucy Bowery and Mitchell Peers are angry and upset that vandals have yet again been targeting the school during the holidays.'A major clean up operation has recently finished, to remove large amounts of broken glass from the playground.'w7554a203
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YOBS have trashed another primary school in Stanley.

Notice boards were damaged and outdoor tables daubed with graffiti at Stanley Grove School, by vandals who also left a trail of smashed bottles in an area where children play.

Last week the Express reported how the playground at St Peter’s Primary School, also in the village, had been trashed.

Stanley Grove headteacher Joanne Frost said there had been a string of incidents over Christmas and at weekends.

She said: “Outdoor stores for children’s play equipment have been damaged and we have had graffiti on tables where children play outside.

“Out biggest concern is the broken bottles in the playground. The site is checked every morning to make sure it is safe, but it is worrying because we are concerned something might be missed.”

Mrs Frost said the school, on Aberford Road was replacing the damaged equipment. She said: “It’s not nice for children to see this and we don’t want them to suffer because of it.

“We need people to be vigilant if they see anybody on the school site. We just want to keep our children safe and make sure the school premises is a lovely place for children to work and play.”

A report to a Wakefield Council meeting this week said a large group of youths believed to be responsible for running over parked cars and throwing dog faeces at houses had been identified by police patrols towards the end of last year.

It said they had been spoken to in front of their parents.

Insp Jo Mercer, of the northwest neighbourhood police team, said: “We are continuing to focus on the area and are making inquiries into the recent incidents reported by the school. In November last year youths were identified, all were visited at home. They were advised where possible in the presence of their parents and the problem stopped.”