Belfast Telegraph

Vandals use trees to smash school windows

By Eamonn MacDermott

Trees have been uprooted and used to smash the windows of a school in Londonderry.

A total of 14 windows were smashed at the sports pavilion of St Cecilia's College on Fanad Drive, close to St Mary's Church in the Creggan.

It is the second school in the area to be attacked by vandals within the last month.

An outdoor classroom at St John's Primary School was wrecked at the end of last month.

The damage is expected to cost the school thousands of pounds to repair.

It has been claimed that the trees were pulled up out of the ground and used as battering rams by children - some as young as 12 - to break the windows on Saturday at around 5pm.

Police are currently studying CCTV footage in a bid to identify the young people behind the vandalism.

The alarm was raised by a local taxi driver who witnessed some of those behind the attack.

The attack was condemned by local Sinn Fein councillor Kevin Campbell.

He said: "It is absolutely scandalous, and the community here is disgusted. School budgets are tight enough without having to pay the repair bill for this.

"We do not want to turn our school estates into fortresses with barbed wire and I am appealing to parents to make sure they know where their children are at and what they are doing."

PSNI Inspector Johnny Hunter appealed to anyone who has information about this incident to contact police at Strand Road on the non-emergency number 101.

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