Welwyn Garden City school’s religious statue thrown in pond by vandals

PUBLISHED: 16:16 19 June 2020 | UPDATED: 09:47 23 June 2020

Our Lady Catholic Primary School in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Google Street View.

Our Lady Catholic Primary School in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Google Street View.

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A Welwyn Garden City school has had a religious statue thrown into a pond by vandals.

A primary school has had a religious statue thrown into a pond by vandals.

At around 9.30am on Friday, June 19, staff at Our Lady Catholic Primary School in Welwyn Garden City called the police to report a break-in.

Damage was caused to a garden area and a statue was also thrown into a pond as a result, according to police.

The Catholic school has said they are “very shocked and sad” by the news that vandals broke in overnight on June 18 and “attacked” their Jubilee Garden.

The school said: “This is such a central and special place for our school and it has upset us all.

“Flowers and planting boxes were destroyed, expensive play equipment from EYFS were stolen and most appallingly the treasured statue of Our Lady was thrown into the pond.

“It is a difficult time for everyone at the moment, so this has added to the impact the school community is feeling.

“However, we will rebuild and repair. Our children need the special space - the children who are at school again now and the children who will be back again when things get back to more normal.

“We want to replace items so that our children do not suffer and raise funds to install security equipment to deter this happening again.

To achieve this aim, Our Lady Catholic Primary School has asked for £3,500 from the local community, which have given over £3,900 through Just Giving in a few days.

Richard Curry, headteacher at Our Lady Catholic School, said: “Waking up this morning to see almost £3000 raised is simply breathtaking. We have a very special community behind us. Thank you everyone for pulling together yesterday. How blessed we are!”

To donate please search JustGiving.com for ‘Our Lady Catholic Primary School PTA’.

Police think that the grounds in Woodhall Lane were used as the entry point by the vandals, during the night, so if you saw anything please get in touch with police.

Investigations are on-going so contact police on 101, quoting crime reference 41/47762/20.


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