WORRIED schoolchildren are appealing to neighbours to keep an eye out for vandals over the holidays.
Mablins Lane Community Primary School in Crewe has been targeted by vandals and has been forced to pay thousands of pounds to repair the damage.
The school suffered a break-in just two weeks ago and substantial damage was caused to one of the classrooms.
Now the school has joined forces with the Neighbourhood Watch initiative to launch a School Watch scheme to reduce the growing threat of vandalism in the area.
Pupils have been writing letters to residents asking them to be vigilant against troublesome youths.
Deputy headteacher Paul Burke said: 'For the past few months, our school has been suffering from an unprecedented degree of malicious vandalism. Teenage trespassers have been climbing roofs, taking PE resources and causing damage.
'Their actions so far have cost the school thousands of pounds to put right.
'The children have helped put together packs of information which we are delivering to all the homes which border the school site. These packs contain clear details of what to do if a member of the community observes anything suspicious at the school.'
The school is working closely with police, who have already been able to gather a range of evidence about the vandals, ranging from fingerprints to descriptions.
School Watch co-ordinator Hayley Goodwin said: 'School Watch is designed to safeguard the school's premises as well as warning schools of crime prevention techniques and potential threats to the safety of the pupils.
'Together we can stamp out crime and create a better future for everyone.'
* For further information on School Watch, call Ms Hayley Goodwin on 01244 614332 or e-mail hayley.goodwin @cheshire.pnn.police.uk