School suffers vandal attacks

Clydeview School
Clydeview School

The headteacher of a Motherwell school has slammed the culprits behind a string of recent vandalisms and arson attacks.

Police are investigating a number of incidents that have plagued Clydeview School and Nursery, on Magna Street, over the past few weeks.

Most recently, refuse bins at the school - which caters for pupils with additional support needs - were set on fire.

The incident took place around 8.30pm last Wednesday (March 25), with two wheelie bins on nearby Vickers Street also set alight, with the damage spreading to a Nissan Juke and a fence.

It comes after a play shed at the school was broken into and damaged, while a Caterpillar digger within the grounds had its shutters removed and windows smashed.

CCTV coverage is now being assessed at the school, with police working with staff to tighten security.

Headteacher Marie Jo McGurl criticised the actions of those responsible, but thanked members of the local community for their support in recent weeks.

She said: “We are all very weary of these persistent and deliberate attacks on our school, which caters for young people with severe and complex needs.

“The repeated incidents of vandalism, graffiti and arson are directly hampering our ability to deliver the best possible curriculum to our pupils.

“Frankly it’s very tiring for parents and staff who are trying to do our best for the young people, especially so for the janitor who is often left to tidy up the mess left by yet another incident.

“We are grateful to the North Motherwell community for their outstanding support and to the police who have provided great support and advice.

“The police are attempting to assist us by moving the CCTV cameras to provide better cover for our school building and we’d appeal for anyone with information about these attacks on our school to contact the police.”

Anyone with information regarding the incidents at Clydeview is urged to call Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers, free and confidentially, on 0800 555 111.