Counting the cost
PUBLISHED: 09:27 22 February 2007 | UPDATED: 14:59 12 May 2010
A HEADTEACHER says a vandalism attack at his school was the worst he has seen. Using metal posts, bricks and a dustbin, vandals made their way round The Meridian School in Royston, smashing 44 windows, which will cost more than £5,000 to repair. Dr Michae
A HEADTEACHER says a vandalism attack at his school was the worst he has seen.
Using metal posts, bricks and a dustbin, vandals made their way round The Meridian School in Royston, smashing 44 windows, which will cost more than £5,000 to repair.
Dr Michael Firth said: "A lot of damage has been done and has left a lot of people extremely angry."
The incident which was caught on the school's high-tech security system, happened at about midnight on Friday.
The art and music blocks bore the brunt of the damage, with English and maths rooms also being smashed.
Glaziers were at the school, in Garden Walk, on Tuesday to assess the damage.
Dr Firth said: "The attack was utterly pointless - they didn't even take anything.
"Who knows why they did this? The whole thing has been a huge waste of school resources and staff time, not to mention a complete inconvenience to the students."
The school's site manager Vic Brett spent most of Saturday boarding up windows and clearing glass.
He, too, described the incident as the "worst he had seen".
Mr Brett, who has been at the school for 10 years said: "We've had the odd smashed window and spot of graffiti, but I have never seen anything like this before.
"It really makes me mad."
Mr Brett saw the attack on CCTV and called the police.
He said: "Watching them on camera was sickening.
"I could see them walking round with the posts. I thought about going outside, but in the end there was no way that I was going to confront them.
"I just hope they're caught before they do it again."
Dr Firth also spoke of the students' anger.
"The incident has brought people together and the spirit of the school has been great," he said.
"It wasn't the best way to start a week, but we are determined to find out who did this.
"We have been working with the police and they have been terrific.
"They have given us their time and support and the school is very grateful."
Royston Police Community Support Officer Julie-Ann Cundell said: "We are concerned about what has happened - a lot of damage has been caused.
"We are appealing for anyone who can help with our enquiries, and we are keen to find whoever is responsible.
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