Youths climbing on Blackburn college roof ‘risking critical harm’


YOUNG PEOPLE who climb a primary school roof damage the building.

The pictures show teenagers sitting at Brookhouse Primary School in Blackburn – one person has taken a chair on the roof. Others can be seen gesturing passers-by and lying down.

Acting headmistress Kathryn Forsyth said the school had urged the wider community to report the incidents to police.

The school said in a statement: “Brookhouse Primary School has experienced both trespassing and vandalism in the early years grounds and on the school grounds.

“Unfortunately this has increased lately and we are being helped with the involvement of PCSO to fix this. We have communicated with our parents to keep them informed of what has happened and now we urge the wider community to report any relevant incidents to the police.

“We work hard to maintain our school environment and campus for the benefit of our students and the community, and we are grateful for the community’s support on this matter.”

City Councilor Shaukat Hussain said, “Your actions cause damage to school property and you are at risk of being injured if they fall.

“I would speak to anyone in the area, if you see this type of behavior, call the authorities.

“People may take this as a joke, but when they harm a school it gets more serious. Some of their own brothers and sisters may use the school and it is unfair to the school doing its best for families in the area.

“I hope those who did this now see sense.”

He said the police had been informed and added, “The police will be patrolling the area and keeping an eye on them in the future. We would also like to encourage all parents who recognize people to speak to their children. ”

Iqbal Bhai manages the Bangor Street Community Center, which is located next to the school.

He said, “During the lockdown, the center and school were closed so they may have taken advantage of this fact.”