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Haverhill school left counting the cost after vandals break-in and cause thousands of pounds worth of damage




Vandals who broke into a Haverhill school and caused thousands of pounds of damage have been blasted by the headteacher for their ‘mindless’ behaviour.

Following the break-in to the drama studio over the weekend at Samuel Ward Academy, Andy Hunter is not only coming to terms with the cost of the damage but also left to contemplate the possible ramifications for the health of staff and students during the current coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Hunter said: “I can’t say how disappointed I am that a group of five youths broke into the school in the early hours of Sunday morning and caused several thousands of pounds worth of damage.

A montage showing some of the damage done by the vandals at Samuel Ward Academy. Contributed pictures
A montage showing some of the damage done by the vandals at Samuel Ward Academy. Contributed pictures

“At a time when everyone in the country is pulling together, this kind of selfish, thoughtless anti-social behaviour really goes against the grain.

“Apart from the utterly pointless physical damage, there is a health risk.

“We’ve been very careful to keep the site clean to protect our staff and the children of key workers who are still coming here.

Samuel Ward Academy headteacher Andy Hunter
Samuel Ward Academy headteacher Andy Hunter

“These people clearly don’t care about their own health and we certainly don’t need mindless vandals coming in and risking contaminating the school.

“We are working with the police and CCTV footage to identify them.”

A Suffolk Police spokesman confirmed the break-in took place over the weekend.

This window was broken by the intruders at Samuel Ward Academy. Contributed picture
This window was broken by the intruders at Samuel Ward Academy. Contributed picture

He said: “Glass was smashed in a door of a building to gain entry and numerous rooms entered with items smashed and damaged in the process.”

The spokesman added that the offenders smashed crockery, sprayed graffiti on the walls and threw paint around, damaging equipment including audio mixing boards.

A glass window pane was also broken.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact Haverhill Police quoting reference 18742/20.

n In a separate development, Churchill Academy and Samuel Ward Academy have now joined forces and are operating within the same building.

n The Unity Schools Partnership, of which Samuel Ward is a member, started last week with 383 students attending across all 25 schools, ending the week at 163. Numbers have risen by about 20 so far this week.


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