Headteacher blasts vandals after attack on special needs school

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Forest Park School
Forest Park School off Commercial Road in Totton (Photo: Google)

VANDALS who damaged playground equipment at a special needs school in Totton have been blasted by the headteacher.

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The incident at Forest Park School in Commercial Road took place between 9pm and 9pm on Saturday after three youths climbed over a fence.

Once inside the grounds they set fire to a specialist sensory swing as well as a trampoline.

Head Rob Hatherley told the A&T: “These are vital elements of play for our complex needs children.

“Why would someone feel the need to target vulnerable, disabled children? They are old enough to be aware we are a special needs school.”

Writing on his Facebook page Cllr Neville Penman, who is a local town, district and county councillor, said: “Another bit of sad news, on Saturday night Forest Park School was broken in to again by three youths climbing over from McDonalds.

“[They] burnt the trampoline base, the side safely net and the rope swing. The other site in Ringwood Road had a large window broken the same night.”

He urged anyone with information to contact the police and said: “There is someone out there who knows who they are and you can help by letting your teacher know if they are from your school.

“Please stop them – they are mindless people who have no respect for anyone or anything.”

Anyone with any information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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