Vandal-hit college block will re-open

A college accommodation block for disabled people will reopen this autumn despite vandal attacks which have left a £150,000 repair bill.A gang of youths attacked the College of West Anglia's Plaxtole House, off King's Lynn's Tennyson Avenue, on Thursday night.

A college accommodation block for disabled people will reopen this autumn despite vandal attacks which have left a £150,000 repair bill.

A gang of youths attacked the College of West Anglia's Plaxtole House, off King's Lynn's Tennyson Avenue, on Thursday night.

They smashed toilet cisterns, furniture, doors and windows, and threw televisions and computers out of windows.

Damaged sanitaryware caused ceilings to collapse and lower floors to flood before the attack was discovered by college caretakers, on Friday morning.

The building was attacked again, with further windows being smashed, on Friday night. But the alarm was raised when neighbours heard the sound of glass smashing and three youths were arrested shortly afterwards.

Today college principal Peter Stewart said: “We've pumped the water out but the place is still very damp and we will have to carry out a lot of repair work, but we're confident we'll get it done and be able to re-open for students from September.”

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Insurers are due to inspect the damage tomorrow. Plaxtole house is a 40-bed residence for disabled students and vulnerable young adults.

Three youths have been questioned over the attacks. Police said two 15-year-olds and a 12-year-old were arrested over the weekend. All three have been bailed pending further enquiries.

Anyone with information should call PC Jamie Cowen at King's Lynn Police on 0845 456 4567 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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