‘You won’t beat us’ - that’s the message after second vandal attack at North Walsham school

Some of the damage caused by vandals at North Walsham Junior School. Picture: SUBMITTED

Some of the damage caused by vandals at North Walsham Junior School. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

Well-wishers gave up part of their Sunday and rallied round to clear up the mess after a second vandal attack at the federation of North Walsham Junior, Infant School and Nursery.

Some of the damage caused by vandals at North Walsham Junior School. Picture: SUBMITTED

Some of the damage caused by vandals at North Walsham Junior School. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

And executive head teacher Clare Fletcher said she was confident the culprits would once again be caught and punished after users of the schools' Facebook page furnished her with the names of six suspects which she has handed to the police.

Mrs Fletcher was alerted to the attack on Saturday at teatime.

Yobs caused about £2,000 of damage when they ripped the door and roof of a metal shed filled with outdoor play equipment.

They smashed five windows of a mobile room used for family learning, and kicked in fencing.


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The latest attack follows another, committed on two nights in the half-term break last November, when vandals once again attacked play equipment and trashed a mobile at the Manor Road school complex. Two people were subsequently taken to court and punished for the offences.

Mrs Fletcher said a group of 18 people had gone into school on Sunday, picked up glass, carried out repairs and made the site safe again for children returning to school this week. The play area had cost £45,000.

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Helpers included former pupil Gracie East, now in year seven at North Walsham High School, who had made a video showing the damage and the clean-up crew's work.

And there had been more than 80 comments on Facebook from people expressing their disgust at the attack.

'As Gracie said: 'We won't let it beat us,'' said Mrs Fletcher.

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