Yobs smashed up school’s greenhouse and torched sheds at allotments in Leeds

St Barholomews pupils at their school's vandal-damaged greenhouse at Stanningley Road allotments

St Barholomews pupils at their school's vandal-damaged greenhouse at Stanningley Road allotments

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VANDALS damaged an infant school’s new £2,000 greenhouse and torched sheds during a wrecking spree at allotments in Leeds.

Yobs targeted six plots in the attack on the allotments off Stanningley Road near Gotts Park golf course in the Armley area of Leeds on Monday night.

A shed torched by arsonists at Stanningley Road allotments

A shed torched by arsonists at Stanningley Road allotments

Fire crews were alerted after three sheds were torched during the incident.

One of the plots attacked is run by pupils and teachers at St Bartholomews C of E Primary School, Armley.

A £2,000 greenhouse erected by the school three weeks ago was badly damaged.

Teacher Collette Lawson said: “The children are really disappointed. We were planning to put a wooden shelter up at the allotment, but now we are questioning whether or not to do that after the arson attacks.”

Allotment holder Steve Garczynski, 65, of Wortley, said the vandals were able to get in to the allotments because a section of six foot high boundary wall, which fell down around two weeks ago, has not been replaced.

Mr Garczynski said Leeds City Council has replaced the missing section with “inadequate” fencing. He added: “It was just mindless vandalism. Nothing was taken. One of the sheds still had tools inside when it was burned down.”

A Leeds City Council spokesman said: “We are aware of vandalism to a number of sheds on the allotment and have now taken further steps to bolster and add more fencing at this particular area of the site. The council is currently investigating a number of options to see what the best and most viable solution is in the long-term to replace the temporary fencing.”

Police are investigating the incident. Call on 101 with information.

Raymond Manners.

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