CHILDREN were in tears when they returned to school to find their favourite play area had been set alight and destroyed by vandals.
Pupils at Castlefields Infant School saw their much-loved play castle had been burned to the ground in the latest of a series of mindless acts of vandalism. The whole p,ay area has been cordoned off and is unusable.
Last summer windows were smashed and other damage has been caused to the play area over the last 12 months.
Head teacher Gemma Elliott said the castle had meant a lot to the pupils who played an active role in applying for a £3,000 bid from Woolworths to build the castle and play area three years ago.
“We have experienced minor damage over the year and we had to put a new fence up because they had damaged that to get through.
“The children were all really upset and I’m not sure if we are going to replace it,” she said.
“Whoever is coming in used to climb into the castle and in the winter a group was congregating in there. We caught them one night and I tried to explain to them that the damage they were causing is detrimental to the children and things did improve.
“We have problems with youths climbing on the roof as well because it is flat.
“Although this latest incident is very sad I am just relieved that it is not the school that’s gone up in flames.