‘Mindless’ vandals target pre-school

Manager Anne Wing with grandaughters Mollie Wing and Peyton Wing, three. A break in closed the preschool and has resulted in windows being boarded up.
Manager Anne Wing with grandaughters Mollie Wing and Peyton Wing, three. A break in closed the preschool and has resulted in windows being boarded up.

Vandals who smashed sky lights at the Cantelupe Centre have been branded mindless by staff and parents of pre-school pupils whose group was cancelled because of the damage.

Two of the reinforced roof windows were broken over the weekend leaving smashed glass all over the floor and the pre-school session cancelled.

Helen Crisp, out of school club manager, said: “I just don’t understand why anyone would do it. It’s just mindless vandalism.

“It’s really strong safety glass so who ever has done this must have properly gone at it.

“You can’t just stamp on it to break it, they would’ve needed a sledge hammer or something.”

Helen discovered the damage when she opened up on Monday morning.

It is the second time in a month that the centre has been targeted.

After a similar incident earlier this month the struggling centre was left with a bill of £250 to have the broken window boarded up.

Helen added: “We’re only just managing to keep ticking over as it is.

“We can’t afford for this to keep happening. There are seven windows like this in all, we’re looking at having something done so no more can be broken.

“As well as the cost and inconvinence to us it’s dangerous, people shouldn’t be up there on the roof.”

24 children who use the pre-school were left disappointed as the room the group uses was out of bounds.

People took to Facebook to vent their anger after news broke of the closure.

Chloe Jessica posted: “Whoever did this needs their heads testing. It’s a pre-school. Don’t they have any respect?”

Paul Bates added: “My two girls were so upset this morning, they love going.”

Nicola Mellor said: “What scum bags.

“Hope one day they need child care and they struggle.”