Pictures show shocking vandalism attack on special school in Fareham

Damage at St Francis School last week Picture: Sarah Standing (151841-99)
Damage at St Francis School last week Picture: Sarah Standing (151841-99)
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  • School targeted three times during half term break
  • Damage expected to have cost £15,000
  • Roof files ripped up and windows were smashed
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This is the shocking damage in a special school attacked by vandals.

St Francis Special School in Fareham has suffered three break-ins over the half-term break and was vandalised again over the weekend.

Steve Hollinghurst, headteacher of St Francis School in the outdoor classroom which was broken into. ''Picture: Sarah Standing

Steve Hollinghurst, headteacher of St Francis School in the outdoor classroom which was broken into. ''Picture: Sarah Standing

As a result, the school was closed yesterday and remains shut today while an investigation is carried out and staff clean up the mess.

Someone had broken into a garage at the school, stolen some aerosol cans and sprayed graffiti on the school buildings.

Some of the roof tiles were ripped up and windows were smashed.

The vandalism has caused approximately £15,000 worth of damage. Our pictures show damage caused in one of the attacks last week.

Headteacher Steve Hollinghurst said it’s been devastating for all staff and pupils.

‘The school has suffered from a severe attack by vandals over the weekend,’ he said.

‘Police are currently investigating.

‘The damage is extensive and as such I have made the decision to close the school until at least Wednesday.

‘This is for the safety of the children, to aid the police investigation and to enable a clear-up to begin.’

The school educates children with learning difficulties.

Connie Hockley is a borough councillor for the Titchfield ward, which the school falls under.

She said: ‘It’s so sad. I have very little to do with the school but I have been round a couple of times.

‘I think it’s evil that people would do that to a special school.

‘If I hear of anything I will certainly let the police know.’

Last week, staff discovered the outdoor classroom had been broken into three times over the half term break.

The classroom is used for workshops and creative activities for children.

Children’s work was destroyed, Christmas decorations were ruined and furniture was broken.

Hampshire police are now looking for any witnesses to the incident at the school in Oldbury Way.

If you saw anything suspicious in the area or have any information to help the police with their investigation, call 101 quoting 44150389154.