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Appeal following criminal damage at Hatfield primary school

29 Apr 2021
  • Between 3pm on Friday 16 April and midday on Tuesday 20 April, vandal(s) broke into the playing fields of Howe Dell primary school.

  • The offender(s) gained access to a static eco-bus, smashing a window and emptying a fire extinguisher.

  • If you can help, call 101 or email PC Lee Rowson quoting crime reference 41/28499/21.

Officers are appealing for information and witnesses following an incident of criminal damage at a primary school in Hatfield.

Between 3pm on Friday 16 April and midday on Tuesday 20 April, vandal(s) broke into the playing fields of Howe Dell primary school in The Runway.

The offender(s) gained access to a static eco-bus, smashing a window and emptying a fire extinguisher.

PC Lee Rowson, who is investigating, said: “This was a really heartless crime as the bus is used as a classroom. As you can see from the photos, significant damage has been caused and this has been very upsetting for the children.

“I am appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information to get in touch. I’m also keen for any dash cam owners driving through the area at the time, to take a look at their footage and make contact if you spot something suspicious.

“Any information you have, no matter how small it might seem, could be vital to our investigation. Please get in touch by calling the non-emergency number 101 or email PC Lee Rowson quoting crime reference 41/28499/21.”

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