Huge community effort in Fareham after school break-ins praised by minister

Fareham MP Suella Fernandes with St Francis School headteacher Steve Hollinghurst and district police commander Sharon Woolrich
Fareham MP Suella Fernandes with St Francis School headteacher Steve Hollinghurst and district police commander Sharon Woolrich
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COMMUNITY strength which saw people raise thousands of pounds to help a special school reopen after it was subject to vandalism has been praised by a cabinet minister.

The incidents at St Francis Special School in Fareham were raised in parliament by Fareham MP Suella Fernandes yesterday.

Miss Fernandes, along with the district police commander Sharon Woolrich, visited the school last week in the wake of the attacks, which saw the school broken into four times in one month causing £15,000 of damage.

Miss Fernandes renewed the call for anyone with any information to come forward, and paid tribute in the House of Commons to headteacher Steve Hollinghurst and others for their support.

In response Chris Grayling MP condemned the attack.

He said: ‘This was a shocking incident. It is always absolutely dreadful when a community facility or a school is a target of crime, and it is inexcusable.’

He added: ‘We condemn unreservedly those who carry out such callous acts, but at the same time it is a tribute to the strength of community in this country that people respond in the way they do.’