School children put at risk after vandals smash skylights at St Ives primary school

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School children were left feeling scared and vulnerable after vandals broke into a St Ives primary school - the second incident in less than a week.

Wheatfields Primary School, in Nene Way and Westfield Junior School in Ramsey Road are counting the costs after both premises have fallen victims to vandalism in the past two weeks.

Parents, teachers and staff were shocked to discover that Westfield Junior School had been broken into, at some point between 6pm on Friday (November 20) and 8.30am on Sunday (November 22).

Headteacher, Lucy Roberts, said: “The children were scared about what happened, I think it makes them feel more vulnerable when they are at school.”

The offenders forced their way into the school by unscrewing a window in one of the offices and raided the room.

“They broke into a locked cupboard and pulled out some draws which broke as they were looking for stuff, but they don’t seem to have taken much,” added Mrs Roberts.

The burglary came a week after a rampage on Wheatfields primary school that has left the school with 14 smashed skylights to replace.

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The incident occurred between Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 as vandals climbed onto the roof of the school to damage the skylights throughout areas used by reception to year 3 classes.

In a letter sent home to parents head teacher Theresa Thornton said: “The risk to the children was high because shards of skylight could have fallen at any time. All the skylights were in common areas which are in constant use to move around the school.”

As a result, the school was closed last Monday (November 16) while an investigation was carried out and staff cleaned up the mess.

Fizzy drink was also poured through one of the skylights that caused damage to the flooring in the school.

Head teachers at both schools have thanked parents and staff for their support and will continue to reassure children.

Cambridgeshire police have been informed of the incidents and are urging anyone with information to contact them on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.