Vandals set school banner ablaze

Assistant head teacher at Blackhall Colliery Primary School Andrw Cowan with some of his pupils and their large banner that was hung on the school fence and set on fire,
Assistant head teacher at Blackhall Colliery Primary School Andrw Cowan with some of his pupils and their large banner that was hung on the school fence and set on fire,

A TEACHER has hit out at vandals who set fire to a banner on his school’s railings.

The 3m X 1.5m banner at Blackhall Colliery Primary School in Front Street was advertising the school’s nursery.

“It had been in place for a couple of months,” said assistant head Andrew Cowan. “I designed it so I was disappointed both from a personal and professional point of view to come into school on Wednesday morning to see it had been set alight.

“We have contacted the police, but I understand it’s not the biggest crime in the world so there is a limit to what they can do.

“The chances are it was teenagers, we are right on the Front Street so someone must have seen something.”

Mr Cowan said the banner will be replaced, but that will put a further call on scarce resources.

“I don’t think we’ve even been invoiced for it yet,” he added. “We have a school fair coming up on December 5. All the money from that would have gone to school funds, but it now looks like some of it will have to go to replacing the banner.

“Setting fire to something at a school is obviously a stupid thing to do, so I’m hoping the publicity will at least prick somebody’s conscience.”

Anyone with information should contact Durham Police on the non-emergency number, tel: 101.