Sick Vandals Keep Burning Our Children’s Primary School Playground – It’s Shocking

SHOCKING footage has shown a deliberate fire in the community garden of a Scottish nursery as parents claim it was repeatedly targeted by vandals.

Fire crews rushed to Edinburgh’s Royal High Primary at around 8.45pm after reports of a fire last night.

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Fire could be seen escaping from the nursery’s community gardenCredit: SUPPLIED
An engine was deployed to deal with the garden fire

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An engine was deployed to deal with the garden fireCredit: SUPPLIED
Damage this morning showed vandals had destroyed the children's vegetable garden

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Damage this morning showed vandals had destroyed the children’s vegetable gardenCredit: SUPPLIED
Firebugs set the fence on fire

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Firebugs set the fence on fireCredit: SUPPLIED
The vandals also destroyed the fence around the garden, making the area unsafe for children.

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The vandals also destroyed the fence around the garden, making the area unsafe for children.Credit: SUPPLIED

Footage shows flames billowing from the community garden, which belongs to the school’s nursery, which has been subject to a wave of vandalism by firebugs in the past 12 months.

Black smoke could also be seen rising into the air.

This morning parents at the school denounced Edinburgh City Council after they claimed the nursery had been attacked by vandals for over a year.

Kelly Beatie, a parent at the nursery, told the Scottish Sun: “The vandalism has been around for some time.

“In the past 12 months, at least 50 windows have been broken.

“The school has beautiful sash windows and they keep getting destroyed.”

Reviewing the aftermath of last night’s fire, Kelly says almost all of the children’s vegetable garden and garden furniture was destroyed.

She continued: “We received £3,000 from a local builder as a donation to help lay out the land for children to enjoy.

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“The children had raised flowerbeds to grow their own vegetables but they are now all broke.

“They also burned down all the plastic furniture and destroyed the fences around the pitch.”

The land, converted from a disused plot several years ago, had received generous donations from the local community to build a safe space for young people.

Kelly added: “There is now a large gaping hole in the fence where there is a fall behind which means it is unsafe for children to play here.

“We’ve been on the Edinburgh council but they don’t want anything to do with it.

“They need to upgrade their CCTV because it’s so old and useless.

“It’s happening so much now that it’s starting to look like a targeted attack.”

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “We were alerted at 8.43pm on Tuesday October 11 to reports of an open air fire in Northfield Broadway, Edinburgh.

“Operations Control mobilized a device to the scene to extinguish a number of burning tires.

“No casualties were reported.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “At approximately 10.25pm ​​on Tuesday October 11, police received a report of damage to play equipment earlier in the evening outside an address on Northfield Broadway, Edinburgh.

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“Officers will speak to the reporter to gather more information about this incident.”

Edinburgh City Council has been approached for comment.

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Harold B. McConnell