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Colquhoun Park Primary vandalism at the school outbuildings windows kicked in and greenhouse pulled down'Photo Emma Mitchell'22/5/12

Colquhoun Park Primary vandalism at the school outbuildings windows kicked in and greenhouse pulled down'Photo Emma Mitchell'22/5/12

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HEARTLESS vandals went on a rampage of destruction at Colquhoun Park Primary School in Bearsden TWICE during the last week.

They smashed windows in outhouses and pulled down a greenhouse that had been built by the children.

It’s believed that the thugs climbed over the high fence surrounding the playground to get into the premises on Sunday and Monday.

Then they clambered on to the roof of the rainbow huts, which are used for outdoor lessons, to break the plastic skylight by kicking it twice.

After it was broken on Sunday it was replaced with a more durable plastic which was also destroyed the following day.

The greenhouse, which had taken the pupils a year to build out of plastic bottles in partnership with ‘Sparks of Genius’ for an eco project, was also pulled down and destroyed beyond repair.

They had almost finished building it and were looking forward to using it to grow seedlings.

The vandalism comes at the worst time for the school as it was an Olympics week this week and the sport’s day is on Friday.

Gordon Currie, head of education for East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “We were extremely disappointed and saddened to hear about this recent spate of vandalism at Colquhoun Park Primary School.

“This is a real blow to the school children, their parents and the wider community who have worked together towards building this greenhouse as part of the school’s eco programme.

“The children themselves have collected plastic bottles over the past year to construct the greenhouse and all their hard work has been destroyed in a matter of hours.

“East Dunbartonshire Council will continue to work with Strathclyde Police who are examining CCTV footage of the crime to pursue those responsible.”

Constable Siobhan McCandlish from the community safety department at Kirkintilloch police office, said: “This is a despicable act of mindless vandalism which has destroyed a school project that children have spent a lot of time and effort working on and has caused unnecessary distress and upset.

“If you have information contact Milngavie police on 532 4400 or report it to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”