Vandals damage sheds at special school in Welwyn Garden City for second time in two weeks

PUBLISHED: 13:02 19 September 2016 | UPDATED: 13:38 19 September 2016

Criminal damage to sheds

Criminal damage to sheds


Sheds at a school for children with profound and multiple learning difficulties were vandalised over the weekend.

Criminal damage to shedsCriminal damage to sheds

Offenders broke into the school playground and damaged sheds at Lakeside School in Lemsford Lane, between 5.30pm on Friday, September 16 and 8am today.

A panel was ripped off one of the sheds, causing a hole, and on another shed the door was torn off.

Previously, between Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 7, offenders climbed over the school gate and used a netball post to damage the sheds, causing nearly £300 worth of damage.

The field is now off-limits to the children, and the school will have to pay more money for further repairs.

Headteacher Judith ChamberlainHeadteacher Judith Chamberlain

The school also plans to pay £7,000 for new, eight-foot high fencing around the school.

Headteacher Judith Chamberlain said: “I’m shocked to find it has happened again within such a short space of time.

“We are in the process of upgrading our security. It’s people who have got nothing better to do with their lives.

“The field’s out of action for the kids.”

Anyone with information about the recent criminal damage is asked to contact Herts Police on non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference number B1/16/3258.

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