Yobs broke into dozens of Aberdeen schools during the summer holidays, causing more than £5,900 of damage.
New figures show vandals damaged 29 schools over the six-week summer holidays during which 59 windows were damaged, costing £100 each to replace – and the actual cost could be thousands more when the price of glazier hire and boarding up windows is considered.
Thousands of pounds of other equipment was destroyed or damaged, further driving up the repairs cost. Two schools – St Machar Academy and St Joseph’s RC School – were each damaged five times.
At St Machar Academy, intruders set off a fire extinguisher on July 3 and August 27, broke windows on August 3 and 10, and pulled a heater off a wall on August 30.
Meanwhile, at St Joseph’s, vandals damaged lighting on July 27, smashed up a greenhouse on August 1 and again on August 7. They also left broken glass in the playground on August 6 and August 13.
In another incident, on July 20, children climbed on the roof of Kingsford School in Sheddocksley and put bottles in the drains, causing the school to flood.
Thieves stole lead from the roof of St Peter’s RC School on July 31, and from Woodside Primary on August 3. The fire alarm was set off at Harlaw Academy on August 24 and toilets there were smashed up on August 27.
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There were 29 incidents in Aberdeen this summer, compared with 48 last summer.
An Aberdeen City Council spokesman said: “The decline in vandalism across our schools during the summer break is very encouraging and we hope that trend will continue.
“We are never complacent, however, and we applaud the vigilance of our janitorial staff and encourage people in our local communities to continue to play their part by reporting any suspicious activities in or around our schools.”
In Aberdeenshire schools, there were six incidents this summer, compared with 11 last summer. Three of the six incidents were at Banff Primary School.
An Aberdeenshire Council spokesman said: “Vandalism is never a victimless crime.
“It is unfortunate that council tax payers’ money has to be spent on repairing instances of vandalism at schools.
“Aberdeenshire Council encourages anyone who has information about vandalism to come forward and report it to the authorities.”