Pupils upset by vandalised playground

The guttering was badly damaged
The guttering was badly damaged

PUPILS at Sheuchan Primary School in Stranraer have been left upset and angry after vandals rampaged through the playground, smashing property and damaging the building at the weekend.

The mindless thugs wreaked havoc with the school’s African garden - much cherished by the pupils - and destroyed guttering, fencing and benches.

Picnic benches were placed across doorways to prevent them opening

Picnic benches were placed across doorways to prevent them opening

A caretaker arrived on the grounds to find that heavy, wood-carved animals had been upturned and benches had been placed in front of doorways to hinder escape from inside the building. On a previous occasion recently, parts of a totem pole were also destroyed by having flags snapped off them.

Guttering on a roof was also damaged and head teacher Maura McClymont said youths were spotted on the school roof smashing the roan piping on Friday night.

She added: “The children were deeply upset by this, especially the nursery pupils because the garden means a lot to them.

“It’s a terrible shame this would happen in our school grounds.”

One parent told The Galloway Gazette: “The pupils here are incredibly proud of their school and my kids certainly appreciate the effort that goes into it. I don’t see what this act of vandalism achieved for the culprits. I just hope they were not former pupils of this school and are hanging their heads in shame now.”

Police have appealed for information into the vandalism and say they are keen to trace two males and a female spotted in the area at around 8.40pm on Friday.

A spokesperson for Dumfries and Galloway Council said: “We take the issue of vandalism in our schools very seriously as it can cause real disruption in our school communities and can be very distressing for pupils and staff. We would urge anyone who has any information relating to the incident to contact the Police on 0845 600 5701.”