Blackburn school's plea to turn in vandals

ANGER Head teacher Hillary Hinchliff in front of the latest damage

ANGER Head teacher Hillary Hinchliff in front of the latest damage

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Health reporter

A PRIMARY school in Blackburn is urging people to ‘shop’ vandals who have smashed up its main entrance.

Since the £7million St Silas Primary School reopened in Clematis Street in April, a piece of toughened, double glazed glass measuring 10ft by 5ft, has been smashed four times.

The latest incident happened overnight between 6pm Tuesday and 7.50am on Wednesday.

Sam Patel, school business manager, said: “This is the fourth time it’s happened and it’s very frustrating.

“We are worried about the safety of our children and the residents walking past broken glass.

“It’s a big piece of glass and we believe that it’s taken some force to break. In the past, the police have told us it’s been done with a metal bolt and it’s likely to be someone stood on the road, or driving past in a car.

“It costs £500 to replace the window each time, and so that’s now a total of £2,000.

“The money we are spending on repairing damage could be put to some better use.

“We want any of the local residents who might have seen something to contact the police.”

The damage has not affected the running of the school, which is looking at improving security at the entrance.

PCSO Matt Mason, of the Corporation Park and Revidge Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Because this is a new school, the windows are very expensive and it’s causing problems at the school.

“This is repeated damage and at the moment an investigation is still under way as to whether it is the same offender responsible.

“I would appeal for any of the local residents to pop into the school with any information they may have on this crime.”

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4:44pm Fri 9 Nov 12

richard says...

Living thirty seconds away from there and walking past several times every day, I will kick the hell out of anyone I see doing this to such a smart new school. It's generally a very safe neighbourhood at all times of day and night but there are a few idiots driving round on weed who I suspect are to blame for this. Not much you can say except they're retards and after a good kicking the police can deal with them.
Living thirty seconds away from there and walking past several times every day, I will kick the hell out of anyone I see doing this to such a smart new school. It's generally a very safe neighbourhood at all times of day and night but there are a few idiots driving round on weed who I suspect are to blame for this. Not much you can say except they're retards and after a good kicking the police can deal with them. richard
  • Score: 8

4:45pm Fri 9 Nov 12

ghanto says...

why was the school made of glass (very expensive glass) when the area was a nightmare

If I was the head I wouldve used wood rather then expensive glass £5.00 instead of £500

Look at the the other buildings like college they made of wood and painted
why was the school made of glass (very expensive glass) when the area was a nightmare If I was the head I wouldve used wood rather then expensive glass £5.00 instead of £500 Look at the the other buildings like college they made of wood and painted ghanto
  • Score: -4

4:56pm Fri 9 Nov 12

richard says...

Please explain why the area is a nightmare?

And are you really suggesting the main design consideration for primary schools is their vulnerability to attack? Steel shutters and iron gates next?
Please explain why the area is a nightmare? And are you really suggesting the main design consideration for primary schools is their vulnerability to attack? Steel shutters and iron gates next? richard
  • Score: 5

5:11pm Fri 9 Nov 12

sen c ble says...

ghanto wrote:
why was the school made of glass (very expensive glass) when the area was a nightmare

If I was the head I wouldve used wood rather then expensive glass £5.00 instead of £500

Look at the the other buildings like college they made of wood and painted
Why is it a nightmare?

Are you having nightmares!
[quote][p][bold]ghanto[/bold] wrote: why was the school made of glass (very expensive glass) when the area was a nightmare If I was the head I wouldve used wood rather then expensive glass £5.00 instead of £500 Look at the the other buildings like college they made of wood and painted[/p][/quote]Why is it a nightmare? Are you having nightmares! sen c ble
  • Score: 4

5:17pm Fri 9 Nov 12

logie28 says...

Another act of mindless vandalism.....anothe
r pathetic conclusion.

PCSO.........and the problem ends here!

We need Police officers and courts taking action, not PCSO's and Community leaders making "comments"

Parents need to accept responsibility and schools need to stop cuddling kids and start installing discipline.... Camerons Big society... LOL ..Joke
Another act of mindless vandalism.....anothe r pathetic conclusion. PCSO.........and the problem ends here! We need Police officers and courts taking action, not PCSO's and Community leaders making "comments" Parents need to accept responsibility and schools need to stop cuddling kids and start installing discipline.... Camerons Big society... LOL ..Joke logie28
  • Score: 6

5:30pm Fri 9 Nov 12

611b says...

Simple solution which will stop this sort of criminality almost immediately is to birch the culprits in public. End of problem.
Simple solution which will stop this sort of criminality almost immediately is to birch the culprits in public. End of problem. 611b
  • Score: 5

6:22pm Fri 9 Nov 12

ghanto says...

NIGHTMARE OBVIOUSLY
rough area
NIGHTMARE OBVIOUSLY rough area ghanto
  • Score: -5

6:53pm Fri 9 Nov 12

sen c ble says...

ghanto wrote:
NIGHTMARE OBVIOUSLY
rough area
It's unfair to classify an area rough just because youths of some community decide to vandalise school property, and probably a vandetta against the school, and overall crime results fairs better than other wards within Blackburn. Probably your experience in the Audley area is resorting you to comment as you do!
[quote][p][bold]ghanto[/bold] wrote: NIGHTMARE OBVIOUSLY rough area[/p][/quote]It's unfair to classify an area rough just because youths of some community decide to vandalise school property, and probably a vandetta against the school, and overall crime results fairs better than other wards within Blackburn. Probably your experience in the Audley area is resorting you to comment as you do! sen c ble
  • Score: 3

8:14pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Good call says...

logie28 wrote:
Another act of mindless vandalism.....anothe

r pathetic conclusion.

PCSO.........and the problem ends here!

We need Police officers and courts taking action, not PCSO's and Community leaders making "comments"

Parents need to accept responsibility and schools need to stop cuddling kids and start installing discipline.... Camerons Big society... LOL ..Joke
The police can't really do much apart from arresting these scum and gathering enough evidence to charge, it is down to the courts what the sentence is.
[quote][p][bold]logie28[/bold] wrote: Another act of mindless vandalism.....anothe r pathetic conclusion. PCSO.........and the problem ends here! We need Police officers and courts taking action, not PCSO's and Community leaders making "comments" Parents need to accept responsibility and schools need to stop cuddling kids and start installing discipline.... Camerons Big society... LOL ..Joke[/p][/quote]The police can't really do much apart from arresting these scum and gathering enough evidence to charge, it is down to the courts what the sentence is. Good call
  • Score: 2

8:22pm Fri 9 Nov 12

ghanto says...

i think the way the glass is fitted people think its for sale and people try to take it home and when they cant take it they smash it

joking
i think the way the glass is fitted people think its for sale and people try to take it home and when they cant take it they smash it joking ghanto
  • Score: -4

10:53pm Fri 9 Nov 12

stillgame says...

CCTV anyone?

£2k should get 'em a nice bit of kit for that entrance. Full HD, low light capability etc

Personally, I'd be on the lookout for a driveby glazier scam.

At least it's not PFI. £500 wouldn't buy you a Lego window.....
CCTV anyone? £2k should get 'em a nice bit of kit for that entrance. Full HD, low light capability etc Personally, I'd be on the lookout for a driveby glazier scam. At least it's not PFI. £500 wouldn't buy you a Lego window..... stillgame
  • Score: 0

1:39pm Sat 10 Nov 12

Major Tom says...

CCTV all the way. Every street and building should have at least 1.
Nothing to hide; Nothing to fear.
CCTV all the way. Every street and building should have at least 1. Nothing to hide; Nothing to fear. Major Tom
  • Score: 3

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