A school named after Preston’s favourite son, Sir Tom Finney, has been vandalised just over a week after the football legend’s civic funeral.
Police have questioned a 14-year-old boy after roof tiles were ripped up and thrown to the ground, damaging windows and two school minibuses parked below.
The Sir Tom Finney Community High School, on the city’s Moor Park, was forced to close yesterday as workmen completed repairs which could run into tens of thousands of pounds.
“Fortunately no-one was hurt,” said headteacher Shaun Jukes. “Things can be fixed easier than people.
“We had teams of workmen in over the weekend and they had virtually finished by yesterday morning. But we decided we needed to close for the day on health and safety grounds to make sure everything was repaired before the students came back.”
The vandal attack happened at around 4.30pm on Friday, after around 130 pupils, many with learning difficulties, had left for the day and staff were closing up.
“It was noticed a young man was up on the roof and so police were called and they took over the incident,” said Mr Jukes. “Everyone, apart from one member of staff and the caretaker, had already left for the day. The young man was ripping up roof tiles and throwing them. We don’t know at this stage what it was all about or why this boy was on the roof. That is something the police will be trying to find out.
“But quite a bit of damage was caused to skylights, windows, the roof and to two school minibuses. They are out of action now until we can get them repaired.
“We haven’t been able to assess the total cost of the damage, although I’d say it will certainly add up to tens of thousands of pounds.”
A police spokesman said a 14-year-old boy had been quizzed on suspicion of criminal damage and bailed.