THE headteacher of a city primary school targeted by vandals has thanked the community for their support.

Mike Painter, headteacher of Cherry Orchard Primary School, says the community rallying around their school "shows the true Worcester", and not the one of the vandals.

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Vandals smashed windows, broke fence panels and threw flower pots across the school's playground in a night of vandalism into the early hours of October 30.

The vandalism happened during the half term holiday but the school posted on Twitter to let staff and pupils know what had happened that led to people offering to help clean up and raise cash for the school.

The main damage was cleared up within 24 hours, and the window was repaired earlier this week. And local firm D&J Timber Buildings generously donated 10 flower boxes for free, to replace the broken ones.

Mr Painter said: "We will never let vandals spoil the lovely school environment we have built here.

"We have had the full support of the community, with offers of help from people who were disappointed how the school had been treated (by the vandals). We thank them for the support. We hope police catch the vandals."

Neighbours told us they were disgusted the school had been targeted, saying they thought it must be youths out to cause trouble. Worcester News readers also made a number of comments on the story, including Margaret Morris who said: "Wanton destruction why. I can’t begin to understand what joy there is to be had in destroying other people’s property."

Police are still investigating the criminal damage at the Timberdine Close-based school. Sarah Hughes, West Mercia Police's Community Support Officer for the area, confirmed no arrests had yet been made and said the problem they had was the offenders left no forensics or other evidence, and gained entry from fields at the back of the school.

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"The investigation is still continuing, but with no forensics or evidence that makes it difficult," PCSO Hughes said.

"We want people to keep calling us with any information they may have, which could help our investigation."

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting 135S, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.