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Disabled children and their parents get 'lifeline' back as vandalised school reopens

Despite being trashed by vandals and forced to close for more than a week, the St Francis Special School in Fareham re-opened today thanks to the work of staff and volunteers.

Thousands of pounds of damage was caused during the break-in, with windows smashed, roof tiles ripped off, and graffiti on the walls.

It was the fourth time the school, described as a lifeline for many families, has been vandalised in months.

The headteacher says those responsible should return to the school to see the children who were so badly affected. Kerry Swain reports.

Appeal after cars damaged in Kent

Kent Police are investigating after several cars were damaged in Greenhithe.

There were four separate reports of damage to parked cars in the early hours of July 22.

The damages took place in Jubilee Close and Knockhall Road.

Three of the cars had one of their windows smashed and a white Ford Transit van has a window and windscreen broken.

Officers would like to find a group aged 17 to 18 who were seen in the area at that time.

It is believed ten people carrying golf clubs caused the damage.

PC Steve Selter of Kent Police said: "Mindless vandalism like this is incredibly frustrating and upsetting for the victims and causes a lot of inconvenience and fear in what is otherwise a very safe area."


Men charged over mosque vandalism

Two men have been charged following an alleged incident of vandalism on a mosque in Dorset.

Robert Mullins, 35, of Shaftesbury, and Trevor Mullins, 38, of Poole, have been charged with racially aggravated criminal damage following the incident at Ashley Road, Parkstone, yesterday.

Four windows were smashed at the premises of the Dorset Islamic Cultural Centre at 3.50pm.

The two men will appear before magistrates tomorrow.

Police appeal after cemetery attack

Police at Shirley are appealing for information after vandalism at Holybrook Cemetery, Tremona Road, Southampton.

Damage to four headstones or memorials was discovered by cemetery staff on January 22nd. Headstones were kicked over or damaged.

Police want to hear from anyone who has information about the damage.

PCSO Tracey Cullen said: “We need to hear from witnesses to the damage or anyone with knowledge about who would commit such a disrespectful and upsetting act of vandalism.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact PCSO Cullen at the Shirley Safer Neighbourhoods Team on 101.


Firefighters Attacked

Firefighters have been pelted with stones by teenagers while they try to put out fires in Kent.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service say they have been called to Gravesend 17 times over the past fortnight. Most of the fires they attend involve rubbish bins which have been deliberately set alight.

Police, Gravesham Borough Council and the Fire Service are working together to catch those responsible for the attacks.