Vandalism at former school buildings

The Duchess's Community High School's former Howling Lane site.
The Duchess's Community High School's former Howling Lane site.
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Police are determined to stop empty school buildings from becoming anti-social behaviour hot spots, after incidents of vandalism at the weekend.

On Friday evening, the two former Duchess’s Community High School sites were targeted. Windows were smashed at both the Howling Lane and Bailiffgate buildings and entry was made.

It is believed that nothing was stolen.

The two sites are now vacant as the Duchess’s High is relocating to the other end of town, opening in September.

North Northumberland Inspector Liz Hall said: “To prevent further incidents, additional patrols have been put in place by local officers and the dog section. Police will work with the local council to ensure this does not become an area for disorder and damage.”

Anyone with details, call police on 101.