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Sick vandals trash kids' nature reserve

PUBLISHED: 16:37 12 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:46 12 August 2010

VANDALS caused £15,000 worth of damage to a school after wrecking a children s nature reserve. Staff discovered the trashed garden area behind Crofton Park Junior

VANDALS caused £15,000 worth of damage to a school after wrecking a children's nature reserve.

Staff discovered the trashed garden area behind Crofton Park Junior School, in Crofton Lane, Orpington, last Wednesday.

The nature reserve and footpath were completely ruined in the attack along with the bridges and other nature trail equipment.

Headmaster Richard Sammonds said: "I would like whoever did this to come and meet the children who have worked so hard to maintain the beautiful nature reserve and explain why they can't do all the lovely creative curriculum projects that we had planned.

"The nature area was done a few years ago but it was kept in very good condition. It wasn't one of those things which was done and then left; we all loved it and worked very hard to keep it in good condition and repair.

"Everyone is disappointed. Why would they do such a thing? To think that someone would come in to a school to cause such damage, not only for the school aesthetically but also to the children's learning.

"We had lots of new projects lined up in the nature area which the children were really looking forward to. We use it as a study area and it's good to get the children outdoors.

"There is a little stream that runs through the reserve and we were going to do a river study about flow and current but obviously now we can't do that.

"Some of the children haven't seen it because the reserve is at the back of the school but the ones who have are totally shocked that someone could do this.

"We really hope the police catch whoever did this, a bit of restorative justice would be good."

A police spokesman said: "Those who have committed this spiteful crime are criminals and do not deserve any respect."

Anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of those involved to search their consciences and to come forward. Do not protect these criminals."

Anyone with information should call police on 01689 891212 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

katherine.nelson@archant.co.uk

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