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Drug vandals attack play area at Bury pre-school

Keren Thomas, left, and Rebecca Smith with damaged equipment at Little Bears Pre-School.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-161201-161707009
Keren Thomas, left, and Rebecca Smith with damaged equipment at Little Bears Pre-School.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-161201-161707009

A pre-school has had to deep clean its outdoor play area after vandals attacked it an cut drug-related graffiti into a safety mat.

Staff of the Little Bears Pre-School in the grounds of Tollgate Primary School in Bury St Edmunds arrived on Monday to find the covered play area reeking of urine and the toys scattered about.

Owner Keren Thomas said: “All our hanging displays have been cut down and the little stage where the children played instruments has been broken down.

“We had to block the play area off until we can go through it with a fine tooth comb. We’ve got some lovely parents who are prepared to give their time to help.”

The worry is that the vandals cut the drug related word ‘Wiz’ and a picture of a cannabis leaf cut into it, so they do not know if any drug paraphernalia has been abandoned there. Everything will have to be disinfected.

Keren’s daughter Rebecca Smith, an early years professional at the pre-school, held up the mat and said: “That’s not been done with keys, it’s been cut with a knife – someone is carrying a sharp knife around.”

The vandals also tried to break a shatterproof mirror by kicking it.

Rebecca added: “It makes me cross because this is blatantly a pre-school for children. We think the caretaker disturbed them and we wonder what they would have done if he hadn’t.”

Keren said: “We want other play groups to be aware someone is doing this.

Parent Clare Brame posted on the Little Bears Facebook page: “As a community with a lot of young children we are disgusted that a few idiot minded people would choose to vandalise a children’s pre-school.

“They should be disgusted with themselves as these children are now missing out on a fun part of there daily learning and play.”

One child told Rebecca the ‘baddies’ would have to go to ‘naughty school’.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Bury police on 101 quoting CAD80 of January 11.


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