Vandals destroy school garden

POLICE are appealing for information today after yobs went on the rampage at an Ipswich special school.Trees were cut down and windows smashed in Belstead School's second vandal attack in a year.

POLICE are appealing for information today after yobs went on the rampage at an Ipswich special school.

Trees were cut down and windows smashed in Belstead School's second vandal attack in a year.

Last May £1,800 of damage was done to the school when vandals smashed skylights causing glass to rain down on the swimming pool and computer room.

The latest incident took place at the Sprites Lane school between 3.30pm on Friday and 7.30am on Monday.

Mary Dixon of Chantry and Pinewood Women's Institute, is helping to reconstruct the sensory garden at the school.

She said: "They broke into our little shed and they stole a bow saw, a wood saw, two pairs of shears, a pick axe and a first aid box.

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"They cut down trees on the other side of the school and it is so lovely round there – it made me want to weep. It is such wanton destruction.

"We have just bought a grass rake and they sawed it in half."

Five young trees were cut down in the incident and 12 windows were broken.

Mrs Dixon said she the pickaxe and shears had been recovered but the saws were still missing and she was concerned that the yobs may return.

She said the garden had recently been targeted in another incident when trespassers picked up loose tiles and threw them in a pit.

She added: "The garden is our baby and it hurts a great deal because we work so hard up there.

"I just can't see the need. If they want to do something come and help us.

"I won't give up but it makes you despondent.

"What I would like to see, if they are found, is rather than punish them make them come to the school and see the disadvantages the children have and the little stimulation they get from the garden. They are not like other children, they don't play and run about. There should be community service to make these people go in and work with the children and help the children."

A spokeswoman for Suffolk County Council said: "Obviously we are concerned about incidents of this kind on school premises and we would encourage anyone with any information to contact the police as soon as possible."

Anyone with any information about this incident should call Pc Ned Wright at Capel police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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