Angry teacher condemns vandals

AN ANGRY headteacher today condemned vandals who trashed an Ipswich primary school's nature area.Liz Green, acting head at Gusford Primary School, blasted the yobs who wreaked havoc by smashing fences, pulling up shrubs and throwing items in the pond.

AN ANGRY headteacher today condemned vandals who trashed an Ipswich primary school's nature area.

Liz Green, acting head at Gusford Primary School, blasted the yobs who wreaked havoc by smashing fences, pulling up shrubs and throwing items in the pond.

She said the vandalism, which as come less than two weeks before the environmental area was due to be reopened, had deeply upset the school's pupils.

“The area is run by a well-run club made up of representatives from every class,” she said. “The children have put so much effort and work in, so to see the area as it is now is a real shame.

“The children have been planting potatoes and shrubs and a letter had been sent out to all the parents inviting them to join us at the opening which was going to take place in the last week of term.

“Bits have been thrown in the pond, we've lost some of our potatoes and the fences have been kicked in. There's mess everywhere.

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“The community police officers and scenes of crime officers have been down. We will start clearing up as soon as we are allowed to.”

Mrs Green said the school had been targeted in the past, with broken glass and even condoms scattered across the school field.

Despite the carnage which currently faces staff and pupils, Mrs Green said the school was determined to restore the area to its former glory and reopen it as planned.

She continued: “We are still going to reopen the pond. We won't let this stop us.

“We are very proud that we have been able to keep the environmental area as it is despite increasing the size of the school.

“We just hope people can leave the site alone in future.”

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