Stop this needless vandalism

The outdoor nursery area at Mountfleurie Primary School (picture by George McLuskie)
The outdoor nursery area at Mountfleurie Primary School (picture by George McLuskie)
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Parents and staff have hit out at vandals who have repeatedly wrecked play sessions for pre-school children at a Leven primary.

The nursery area at Mountfleurie has been targeted for regular damage in recent weeks – and a fed-up community wants it to stop.

Windows have been broken, doors torn off and other damage caused to a small wendy house-type building and a neighbouring storage shed.

Disgustingly, people have also been defecating in nearby pot plants.

At the weekend, the previously undamaged storage shed had its door ripped off.

The building has been boarded up and staff are waiting to hear if anything was stolen from inside.

Head teacher Gill Merrett said the seemingly endless attacks appeared to be occurring every other weekend, after a long period without any trouble, and it was very disruptive to the staff’s work schedules and the children’s play.

Up to 38 youngsters can attend the three-hour morning and afternoon nursery sessions each day – but the vandals have robbed them of the chance to play outside in the nursery area.

“It’s just needless,” said Ms Merrett. “It’s sad if it’s all just for a mess and a bit of noise.”

Police have been made aware of the incidents and parents are being vigilant, while Mountfleurie is in talks with Fife Council over better security and repairs.

Everyone was trying to make the children didn’t lose out too much, said Ms Merrett.

“It’s upsetting for the staff because they work really hard to provide outdoor opportunities. It’s hard too for the parents to see this as they are bringing their children in,” she added.

“Parents are very, very supportive of the nursery and I can understand why they feel aggrieved. It’s their children’s play and it’s their learning.”

Parents condemned the sustained attacks on the Mountfleurie nursery property, which were ruining the regular routine for children and staff.

Seonaid McQueen said on the Mail’s Facebook page: “Mindless vandals who obviously have no thought for others. They should be named and forced to do the repairs as punishment!”

Michelle Wood said it was “sad and a bit extreme” and those responsible were doing it maliciously, adding: “They have no respect.” As well as depriving the children of outdoor play, it was affecting staff hours and the structure for their work. Police urged anyone seeing anything suspicious or with any information to contact them on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.