Campaign aims to curb crime on Gwynedd school grounds over summer holidays


Geraint Jones

GWYNEDD residents have been urged to keep an eye on the area’s schools over the summer holidays.

The Schoolwatch campaign aims to keep school buildings free from crimes including theft, vandalism and grafitti over the holiday.

Inspector Julie Sheard, of the North Wales Police Community Safety Department, said: “Schools have a limited budget and valuable resources which should be used to educate children are being diverted to combat theft and criminal damage. School buildings can also become a target for graffiti and vandalism during the long summer break.

“We rely on members of the public for their support and encourage all to report incidents to the police or anonymously via Crimestoppers.”

Cllr Ioan Thomas, Gwynedd Council cabinet member with responsibility for property matters, said: “Our aim is to protect our local schools and public buildings from crimes such as arson, vandalism, graffiti and theft.

“We would encourage anyone who sees anything out of the ordinary on the county’s school grounds to contact the police immediately.”

Anyone who witnesses suspicious behaviour in or around schools should contact North Wales Police on 999 in emergencies.

Non emergency calls should be made to 101 or to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.  

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