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UK News Pupils can't go back to their classroom after thieves broke in for seventh time in just a few weeks

19:00  27 november  2019
19:00  27 november  2019 Source:   walesonline.co.uk

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a desktop computer sitting on top of a desk: The damage caused by vandals who broke into Ysgol Bro Eirwg © Ysgol Bro Eirwg The damage caused by vandals who broke into Ysgol Bro Eirwg

Pupils have been left unable to use their own classroom after their school was broken into and vandalised for the seventh time in a matter of weeks.

Year three pupils at Ysgol Bro Eirwg in Cardiff must be taught in the school hall for at least a week after a spate of "mindless" vandalism over the weekend.

Head of school Sarah Jones said the pupils' classroom was targeted on Friday afternoon and again on Saturday night when their classroom was broken into and covered in paint.

It is the seventh break-in, or attempted break-in, to take place since the October half term.

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a group of items on a table: A class has been moved out while the damage has been repaired © Ysgol Bro Eirwg A class has been moved out while the damage has been repaired

Mrs Jones said: "Since half term I think this is the seventh break-in or attempted break-in we've had. We have been targeted. It's just been one after the other really.

"About three weeks ago they broke in and threw all the books everywhere, they covered everything in water, they drew over the tables and white boards with glue paint.

"They spilled paint over the books and pencil cases and really made a lot of damage."

Mrs Jones said two year three groups had previously had to move out of their classroom due to damage caused earlier this month. But the pupils have been forced to do the same again after a series of break-ins over the weekend.

a box lying on a cluttered desk: Computers have been damaged © Ysgol Bro Eirwg Computers have been damaged

She said: "On Friday they broke in and our caretaker spent hours on Saturday tidying it up so the children could go back.

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"It's frightening for them – school is their safe space and it doesn't feel safe to them at the moment.

"[On Saturday] they smashed up the computer units and poured paint over books, pencil cases, the walls. Even the carpet has got paint over.

"They don't want to take anything, that's the sad thing. The don't want to sell anything, they just want to make a big mess and not think of the consequences."

After the weekend a letter was sent out to parents at the school describing the devastating impact of the vandalism. South Wales Police are urging anyone with information to come forward.

a desk with a computer in an office: Parents and teachers have been left heartbroken © Ysgol Bro Eirwg Parents and teachers have been left heartbroken

Mrs Jones said: "We have to teach pupils in the school hall which is not the most efficient as the school has Christmas concert rehearsels.

"We are trying to keep the routine going which is so important for them but it's affecting children's security.

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"Parents are really upset and outraged and rightly so.

"It's the children's wellbeing which is our main concern as it's really upsetting for them.

"You can't replace some things – the books they have spent nearly a term working on. They are proud of the work they have done."

She added: "Police are trying their best. We are doing what we can to improve security but we can't install state-of-the-art CCTV because of school budgets.

"It's the children that are hurt at the end of the day. The school community and parents have been fantastic, offering to come and clear up."

a sign on the side of a building: South Wales Police are urging anyone with information to come forward © Google South Wales Police are urging anyone with information to come forward

A spokeswoman for South Wales Police said: "South Wales Police is investigating a number of burglaries at the school where considerable damage has been caused.

"Such mindless and repeated vandalism is causing considerable cost, distress, and inconvenience to the school.

"Inquiries are continuing to identify those responsible and increased patrols are continuing in the area. We would urge anyone with information to please come forward.

"Anyone with information is asked to contact South Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting occurrence *432715."

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