Key workers’ kids in tears as idiot yobs set fire to school activity kits sparking £1000s worth of damage – The Sun

THE children of essential workers who are battling the coronavirus pandemic have been left devastated after arsonists torched a shed that housed thousands of pounds worth of outdoor equipment.

West Vale Primary School, near Halifax, is open only to children whose parents are carrying out vital work during the coronavirus lockdown.

Yobs set fire to the shed on Monday evening.

Heartbroken staff are unable to replace the equipment, which includes painting easels, bikes, scooters and sports kit, because their suppliers are closed.

Head teacher Fiona Gardiner today appealed to anyone who can help replace the vital resources to get in touch.

She said: "It is just so upsetting with all that is going on in the country. Some of the children have been visibly upset, as have the staff.

"We can't replace the equipment quickly as our suppliers are closed and we are unable to fundraise because of the current situation and also we have no allocated funds in school to replace the equipment.

"So if anyone can help with replacement resources or donations we'd be very grateful."

Police are investigating the arson attack.

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police told the Sun Online: "Police were called during the morning of Tuesday April 7 regarding a fire at West Vale Primary School in Halifax on Monday evening.

"A crime of arson has been recorded in relation to the incident in which a storage shed was set on fire between 7.30 and 8pm."

Anyone who has any information about the fire should contact Halifax Police on 101 referencing crime number 13200172809.

Information can also be given online at or anonymously to the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

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