A SCHOOL has had to dismantle a polytunnel after vandals wrecked it.
The structure at Long Lawford Primary housed fruit and vegetables being grown by the pupils but was repeatedly targeted by vandals last month until the school was advised to temporarily dismantle it.
Headteacher Robert Morrissey has asked the community in Lawford to be vigilant of any suspicious behaviour.
“The children are very disappointed that we’ve had to dismantle it because they’ve been working hard planting and growing food that would have been used in their cookery classes.
“It’s also a shame because we had applied for it through Ryton Organic and teachers and children were enjoying using it.
“I’d like to ask the community in and around the school to be mindful of any suspicious activity and to report anything they see – this way we can be sure our school is kept safe.”
After the tunnel’s plastic sides were slashed with a knife during several incidents in October the school was advised to dismantle it in case the culprits were tempted to set fire to it,
Mr Morrissey added: “We don’t want to give people a false impression about this area, as I’m sure it’s just a very small minority of people responsible.
“But hopefully if we can make the community more vigilant we can make everyone who uses the school that bit safer.”