Appeal After School Damaged

28 April 2011, 16:30 | Updated: 28 April 2011, 16:32

Police are appealing for witnesses and information following an incident of criminal damage at a building site at Marriotts School in Stevenage.

The damage is thought to have been caused between Friday, April 8 and Monday, April 11, when offenders cut through a three meter high security fence around the perimeter of the construction site. Once inside the site, offenders are believed to have played football, left litter and lit a barbeque before leaving via the hole they made in the fence.

Investigating officer, PC Hal Palmer, said: “I am appealing to anyone who may have seen any suspicious behaviour around the site, when the builders are not working there, to get in contact with me. Damage such as this has proved extremely costly to the construction company and this form of behaviour will not be tolerated.”

Police officers and Police Community Officers (PCSOs) from the Stevenage Neighbourhood Team, who are responsible for Chells, will be keeping an eye on the site by carrying out regular patrols in the area.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Palmer directly via the Chells Neighbourhood Officers’ inbox: or by calling the non-emergency 0845 3300 222, citing crime reference number E1/11/2512.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555111. You do not have to give your name and you could be entitled to a cash reward.