Sanctuary violated by vandals

Children from Carleton St Hildas are upset that vandals have damaged their willowdome
Children from Carleton St Hildas are upset that vandals have damaged their willowdome
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VANDALS who went on a wrecking spree at a primary school are learning the error of their ways with a gruelling punishment regime.

The group of children, who trashed a new £1,000 willow dome at Carleton St Hilda’s Primary School, are being set a number of tasks to complete around the school as part of a restorative justice scheme.

Five boys and girls climbed over the school fencing to gain access to the grounds before damaging the school’s outdoor area.

Headteacher Beverley Grime said: “We feel our sanctuary has been violated. Restorative justice means they are doing something to make amends. Hopefully they will stop and think before they do something like this again.

“We want to work with the police to make the children realise the error of their ways.”

Pupils helped to raise £1,000 to build the willow dome by holding summer fairs, competitions and school discos.

The youths aged between 11 and 14 were spotted in the grounds by neighbours who called the police.

It is thought two of the five youths actually caused the damage. They will carry out jobs around the school while the other three will be spoken to by Miss Grime who wants to explain the effect their actions have had on the school community. Miss Grime added: “We’ve been working with PC David Key and they are doing some jobs and I’ll be speaking to the others. I’ve been teaching 26 years and this has upset me personally more than anything.”

PC Dave Key, community beat manager for Poulton, said: “Restorative justice is an effective way of dealing with the offenders that works to the benefit of the community.”

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