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Vandals who targeted Granville College with 'despicable' graffiti dug hole to get into grounds

By rhea_turner  |  Posted: June 19, 2017

This CCTV which was released by Derbyshire Police, shows a group of people that officers would like to speak to after Granville Sports College in Woodville was vandalised

This CCTV which was released by Derbyshire Police, shows a group of people that officers would like to speak to after Granville Sports College in Woodville was vandalised

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The deputy head teacher of a Woodville school has spoken of his shock and upset after vandals dug a hole to gain access to the site before daubing walls with "despicable" graffiti.

Four youths burrowed their way into the grounds of Granville Sports College, in Burton Road, earlier this month, before taking spray cans to the building's walls, tennis courts and table tennis facilities in an "act of pure vandalism."

Richard Tilley, deputy head teacher of the school, said the incident was the first time the school had been targeted in years and the "damage was despicable".

Mr Tilley, who has been teaching for 17 years, said: "It appears that four youths who have been captured on CCTV, dug a hole under a fence to get onto the grounds before vandalising everything in sight.

"The graffiti was very graphic and would have been really upsetting if seen by parents and pupils, but fortunately our caretaker managed to remove it as quickly as possible before that could happen.

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"We have not had anything like this happen for years at the school and it is a real shame, as it is our pupils it will affect which is very disappointing. "

The school has increased security measures in the wake of the incident and has been holding assemblies to advise any pupils with information about the crime to report it.

Vandals targeted Granville Sports College in Woodville

Mr Tilley said: "We do not believe any of our current pupils were responsible and we are hoping that it was a one-off. We will be working with the police and Swadlincote Safer Neighbourhood team to catch and identify those responsible."

The incident is believed to have happened in the early hours of Thursday, June 1, when graffiti was daubed over several buildings, table tennis tables and sports courts within the grounds of the school. Police have released CCTV images in a bid to catch the culprits.

Sergeant Graham Summers, who is in charge of the Swadlincote Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: "This does seem to be an act of pure vandalism in a school that plays an important part in the community.

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"Most images of the graffiti were too graphic for us to show and although the images are childish in nature, the image of the people we would like to speak to appears to be of rather older individuals.

"I realise that it is going to be difficult to recognise anyone in the picture, however we thought it may be useful to release it along with a plea for anyone who may know anything about this damage to make contact with us."

If you have any information about the incident or those responsible, contact Derbyshire Police on 101 quoting reference number 17000234623.

Alternatively, you can anonymously contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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