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Boost for vandal-hit school

PUBLISHED: 07:04 28 June 2003 | UPDATED: 14:03 03 March 2010

PUPILS and staff at the vandalised Stowmarket Middle School have been boosted with a flood of donations and equipment.

Around two weeks the school, in Walnut Tree Walk, was in turmoil after around £15,000 worth of damage was caused by hooligans.

PUPILS and staff at the vandalised Stowmarket Middle School have been boosted with a flood of donations and equipment.

Around two weeks the school, in Walnut Tree Walk, was in turmoil after around £15,000 worth of damage was caused by hooligans.

Since then, the school has strove to get back on its feet and has been boosted by donations from the community and ASDA supermarket.

"In many ways it's been a positive thing that's come out of a very negative experience, said deputy headteacher Roger Collins.

"Everything we've received, we're going to use. We've been given things that are already in use now."

Globes, guitars and books are among the items that have been received and donations, which have topped £600, are still being welcomed.

ASDA supermarket, in Wilkes Way in the town, has raised £500 through contributions from

staff and colleagues. Ten of the latest Harry Potter books have also been donated to the school library.

Stuart Trevorrow, events co-ordinator at ASDA, said: "We've got strong ties to the school and we wanted to help.

"When we heard what had happened, we were obviously disgusted. A lot of the colleagues have got children at the school and so have the customers."

The supermarket also provided flowers and vases for classrooms at the school to improve the fragrance.

Human excrement had been left in a classroom during the devastating attack, which happened on June 7.

Mr Collins added: "There's been so many small things. People have phoned in at it's been a very kind of them and it's very much appreciated.

"We've had people turn up with a fiver in an envelope. Many needs have been met and the response has been tremendous."

Two 11-year-olds and a ten-year-old, all from Stowmarket, have been arrested in connection with the incident and are due to answer bail tonight.

If you would like to make a donation to the school, call 01449 742510.

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