Giffnock Primary School playground vandalized by a group of young boys

A group of what are believed to be young teenagers ransacked the playground, damaging property and throwing rubbish around the school grounds.

On Sunday evening (September 4), a group of around five young boys (believed to be in their early teens) caused extensive damage to the playground at Giffnock Primary School.

After breaking into the nursery shed, they used tools to rip and damage the climbing frames.

They also emptied trash cans and dumped trash around the school grounds, which had been piled up due to trash can strikes. Staff say the playground was ‘left in a mess’.

Due to the level of criminal damage caused, it is believed that repairs will cost a significant amount of money.

A member of the Giffnock Primary School Parents’ Council wrote on Twitter: “It’s really disappointing, especially as the school community often raises funds to ensure children have a nice place to play. .”

Eyewitnesses at the scene chased the boys away before police arrived, although the school reported the incident and shared CCTV footage with officers today.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: ‘At approximately 8pm on Sunday 4th September 2022, police received a report of a group of young people on the grounds of Giffnock Primary School, Academy Road. Officers arrived, but there was no sign of anyone.

“The following day, staff observed damage to the school’s outbuildings and made a further report to the police.

“Investigations into the vandalism are ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting incident 1553 of September 5, 2022.”

Harold B. McConnell