CCTV hopes over school vandalism

FOOTAGE from closed circuit cameras is being examined to try to identify those responsible for a vandal attack on Tweedbank primary school. Police believe the suspects are two 15-year-old girls.

A total of 27 wall panels on the school’s new extension were badly scratched at about 4.15 on Sunday afternoon.

Special paint will be tried to cover the damage but it is feared some of the panels will have to be replaced. Councillors fear a repair bill of around £3,000.

The school was subjected to five vandal attacks last year.

Tweedbank is not alone. In the same year, Knowepark in Selkirk was vandalised eight times while Langlee in Galashiels was targeted on nine occasions.

Scottish Borders Council faced a bill last year of about £22,000 to repair damage to schools across the region.

A council spokesman commented: “We are both frustrated and disappointed at the needless act of vandalism at Tweedbank primary school. Such acts take valuable resources away from other projects.”