Yobs rip out school’s veggie patch project

PHOTO : Neil Cross'Ellie and Keira Sutch after vandals damaged the play area and vegetable patch at Farington Primary School
PHOTO : Neil Cross'Ellie and Keira Sutch after vandals damaged the play area and vegetable patch at Farington Primary School
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Vandals have ripped out plants from a Leyland primary school’s vegetable patch.

Farington Primary School, on Rose Street, has been targeted three times in as many months by yobs.

Now, school bosses have warned that enough is enough.

Headteacher Joanne Ramsbottom said: “This is just continuous, low level, mindless vandalism which takes up a lot of effort and eventually a lot of money, which takes away from other things I would like to spend money on for the school.”

In the latest incident, which happened between June 2 and 5, yobs climbed over school fences and ripped a door off a shed before wrecking plants which the school’s gardening club had carefully planted.

Mrs Ramsbottom said: “Sometimes you are in a quandary whether we should carry on doing things like this, but I am always adamant that we will not stop doing things just because they risk being damaged.

“We just live in hope that people will start to show a bit more respect.”

They also damaged a newly-bought water butt, which is used to collect rain water to water plants.

Mrs Ramsbottom said the damage takes both time and money to clean up, something which no school can continue to afford.

She said: “I think there are regularly children on the school grounds at the weekends.

“There are houses at the back of the school so if anyone sees people on the grounds when they shouldn’t, it would be good if they could let police know.

“The police have been very good and they always come out when we call, but we can only do so much.

“We are currently cleaning up the mess and trying to replace things they have damaged.

“We are trying to contact the shed company and replace the door rather than the whole shed but we are still working that out.”

Mrs Ramsbottom also pleaded with local children to use Farington Park, which is nearby, instead of trespassing on the school grounds.

A spokesperson for Leyland Police said: “Offenders climbed over the school fence and caused damage to bins and broke into a shed.

“They also ripped up and damaged plants. We have taken some cigarettes and bottles from the scene for forensic analysis but we would encourage anyone with information to contact us on 0845 1253545 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”