Vandals wreck Plymouth nursery garden play equipment
YOUNGSTERS have been left 'really upset' after vandals trashed their nursery's garden.
Austin Farm Nursery, in Plympton, has been vandalised and a new wooden climbing frame damaged.
In June, children, staff and families undertook a sponsored walk to fundraise for items for the nursery and garden but now the site has been wrecked.
Lorraine Hargreaves, childcare manager for Austin Farm Nursery, said: "It's frustrating, we are a charity nursery, we don't get any money at all. We won't be able to get the money back that we had raised.
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"The children have been really upset because they aren't able to play outside.
"We have been trying to develop the garden area as one of our priorities to support the children's learning and physical development.
"The children have been loving this and families have commented on how lovely it looks and what a start it is to the development of the garden."
The crime was committed some time between 6pm on Friday September 28 and 7.20am on Monday October 1 when Lorraine unlocked the building.
She was completing the usual risk assessments of the building and then saw numerous items broken including the climbing frame.
"The children's bikes had been flung in the school garden, they had broken blinds and parts of the children's quiet area and the security fencing around the nursery garden had been broken, meaning our garden was not safe for the children to play in.
"The vandals had also smashed a security light on the premises."
The nursery organises fundraising events regularly to purchase new items but it is currently struggling with the current financial climate.
Lorraine added: "The staff all feel very saddened that their hard work has gone to waste in developing the garden and future developments have been put on hold."
A police spokesperson said: "If anyone saw anyone acting suspiciously around that time and in that area then please come forward."
Police are appealing to anyone who either may have witnessed any of these incidents or has any information regarding them to contact them on 101 quoting police reference EL/12/4344.
Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.