Published: 18/12/2013 16:05 - Updated: 18/12/2013 16:18

Vandals target of Moray schools campaign

police scotlandVANDALS tempted to target Moray schools over the holidays had better think again, according to community leaders.

The Moray Community Safety Partnership is again staging its school anti-vandalism operation, School Watch, from Friday (December 20).

The campaign will be in effect throughout the Christmas school holidays, until Monday, January 5.

The initiative, which has been running annually for more than 10 years, is said to have resulted in a big reduction in vandalisms at schools in Moray.

Chief Inspector Willie Findlay explained that during the holidays, police officers will join forces with Moray Council community wardens to patrol schools at irregular intervals to deter and prevent vandalism.

He said: "Vandalism at schools is not frequent, but it does happen.

"We would not like to discourage young people playing safely in school grounds, but we ask that parents make their young people aware of their responsibilities when they do so."

Sergeant Harry Gordon added: "We are pleased to support this initiative, as schools belong to the community, and as such, we all have a responsibility in looking after them."

Anyone who has concerns about people within school grounds, during the holidays, is asked phone Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if wishing to remain anonymous.

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