Children teach thug gang a lesson

Clayton Brook Primary School pupils with some of their Clayton Brook Together project
Clayton Brook Primary School pupils with some of their Clayton Brook Together project

Thugs who have vandalised a Chorley village will have their graffiti defaced for the New Year - by primary school children.

A gang calling themselves the Clayton Book Thugs have scrawled their name across the area, targeting walls and bus stops.

But pupils at Clayton Brook Primary School have decided to teach them a lesson, and have come up with a brilliant idea to belittle the vandals.

They want to change the meaning of the CBT slogan, and are using the name of a recent school project, Clayton Brook Together, to send out a very different message.

Coun Steve Murfitt, who has been working on the campaign between the Great Greens Lane school and Chorley Council, said: “The children have all designed signs to be put up in the village, showing people that CBT now means Clayton Brook Together.

“That way, when people drive through the village and see what the thugs have sprayed on walls, the CBT tag will give a whole new, and much more positive meaning.

“We want to help make Clayton Brook more welcoming.”

The top three designs will be brought together to create new welcome signs for the area, and the winners have been chosen by Coun Murfitt along with officers from Chorley Council and Lancashire County Council.

“I am sure it will be very exciting for the children to see their hard work put into practice and becoming a reality,” Coun Murfitt said. “And I’m excited at the prospect of establishing a better identity for the area.

“We are going into school in the New Year and will hopefully have finished signs to show the class, before having them officially installed.”

In November, the Guardian revealed how a group of teenage girls were running amok in the village, and the tearaways even forced the temporary withdrawal of a bus service down Great Greens Lane after it was targeted.

Teacher Jen Little said at the time: “Clayton Brook Together has been aimed at instilling pride in our community.

“The children are very upset about the negative press that Clayton Brook gets and they feel a great injustice about the fact that a small number of people are spoiling the reputation of the whole estate.”