‘How could they do this for fun?’

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A special school has been targeted for the second time in a month by vandals who wreaked havoc, leaving staff and pupils devastated.

Thugs took to the outdoor area of Park School, off Whitegate Drive, pulling down a polytunnel which pupils had spent weeks building and planting, kicking apart displays and breaking equipment.

Peering in at the ruined plants and tunnel are Kai Friendship, Holly Chisholm, Shaun Breakell, Katie George, Gemma Waldron and Josh Ferguson.

Peering in at the ruined plants and tunnel are Kai Friendship, Holly Chisholm, Shaun Breakell, Katie George, Gemma Waldron and Josh Ferguson.

Teachers say children, who put hours of time into developing the garden, have been left devastated by the incident and fear it will take a lot to rebuild both their confidence and the area.

Annie Millard, the school’s business manager, said: “It’s completely destroyed, we can’t believe someone would do that for fun.

“It’s just mindless vandalism.

“We’re a special school and the children get so much out of outdoor activities and it’s just been ripped away from them.

Peering in at the ruined plants and tunnel are class teacher Gillian Smith and children Kai Friendship, Holly Chisholm, Shaun Breakell, Katie George, Gemma Waldron and Josh Ferguson.

Peering in at the ruined plants and tunnel are class teacher Gillian Smith and children Kai Friendship, Holly Chisholm, Shaun Breakell, Katie George, Gemma Waldron and Josh Ferguson.

“It will be hard getting the children motivated now, they’ve taken such pride in it.”

The polytunnel was also targeted by vandals three weeks ago, with thugs punching holes through the walls.

It was purchased by the Friends of Park School last term, at a cost of £600, and has had around £500 of equipment and plants invested in it.

Pupil Luke Farlie, 13, said: “I feel gutted, I spent ages doing work and now it’s all wrecked.”

Classmate Conner Todd, 15, added: “We hope to be able to fix it but it will cost a lot.

“The people who damaged it should have to pay for it or fix it.”

Lancashire Police confirmed it is investigating the incident.

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