Vandals wreak havoc at Norfolk school

About 50 windows at a Norfolk high school have been smashed by vandals.

About 50 windows at a Norfolk high school have been smashed in a series of vandal attacks.

Stalham High School has been attacked three times during December, twice at weekends, while the most recent incident came just after pupils at the school broke up for the Christmas holidays.

The attack came as police were preparing to target Stalham with a police and council action night, in a bid to curb antisocial behaviour and criminal damage in the town.

Loutish behaviour by youths has been a problem at the town's Tesco supermarket, a nearby pay and display car park, in Market Row, and on the Allen Meale Way housing estate.

The High Street has also suffered a spate of criminal damage and a number of shops, including the Archways Shopping Centre, has reported antisocial behaviour.

Candy Sheridan, a North Norfolk district councillor, said yesterday that there were three smashed windows in the High Street and that the Indian takeaway had its window smashed about once a week.

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"Maybe other towns are the same, but we do have a noticeable problem," she said.

"It is something the police are aware of but by the time they are here it is too late," she added.

"There is a problem and it needs policing."

In each attack on the high school, windows were broken, but no one tried to get into the school and nothing was taken.

Mike Cullingham, the chairman of the school's governors, said that he had been aware of previous smaller attacks on the school, but not the most recent incident..

No member of the police covering Stalham was available to comment.

Anyone with any information about the smashed windows should contact PC Phil West at Great Yarmouth Police Station on 0845 4564567.

They can also make contact via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.