Children’s centre hit by vandalism

Vandalism at Briarcliffe Children's Centre.'Data and Information Officer Joan Hornby pictured with a vandalised play house.'113415b. Pic Kevin Allen.'23/08/11.
Vandalism at Briarcliffe Children's Centre.'Data and Information Officer Joan Hornby pictured with a vandalised play house.'113415b. Pic Kevin Allen.'23/08/11.

POLICE are investigating vandalism at a Scarborough children’s centre which caused more than £1,000 of damage.

The incident at Briercliffe Children’s Centre in Barrowcliff, has left staff and users upset and caused some activity sessions to be cancelled.

A group of youngsters were caught on CCTV throwing stones and wet sand at the back windows of the community hall on Saturday at 1.20pm. Then at 9.25pm footage shows a group of youths hanging around outside the centre.

The vandals kicked in the windows and door of a £500 wooden playhouse, smashing perspex window panels.

They also broke a glass panel in the patio door of the sensory room, leaving it out of action. The room is usually used by support groups or children with special needs.

The culprits also smashed a large notice board which cost around £670.

Joan Hornby, data and information officer, said: “It’s such a shame. It spoils the children’s fun and it’s sad that after all the years we’ve been here we should suddenly get this spate of vandalism.”

Police are currently working on enhancing the images caught on CCTV.

The youths are thought to be young teenagers and one of them was possibly a girl.

Officers are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident or knows who is responsible, to contact them.

PC Steve Normandale, of Scarborough Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “The community building which is a great asset to the area.

“The playhouse was well used by the children who attend the centre and it is baffling that someone would want to damage it.”

Contact PC Steve Normandale, of Scarborough Police, on 0845 6060 247.