Wakefield schoolchildren devastated after attack on garden

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Youngsters have been left ‘disappointed and devastated’ after vandals trashed their school garden.

Pupils at St Michael’s J&I School, Flanshaw Lane, were ‘heartbroken’ when they turned up for class on Tuesday and found their greenhouse had been wrecked and flowers and vegetables they’d spent weeks growing were ruined.

Headteacher Faz Islam said: “The children were deeply disappointed and devastated.

“They put a lot of hard work into planting and nurturing their fruits and vegetables in the Millenium Garden, which we use to promote a healthy lifestyle and understanding of the environment.

“They were heartbroken when they saw what had happened. We just hope people think twice next time and that this doesn’t happen again but we are considering installing CCTV cameras just in case.”

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which happened between 6pm on June 16 and 9am on June 17. Vandals had also smashed a window.

Sgt Kristy Lindley from the Central Neighbourhood Partnership Working Area said “The Millennium Garden was created to be a positive learning environment for the children.

“This senseless, destructive vandalism has quite rightly caused real upset and will quite simply not be tolerated. Officers will be carrying enquiries within the area and everything we can to assist staff and children at the school”

Anyone who has any information about the incident should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555111.