Two windows smashed at West Bathurst School

VANDALS have caused $2,000 in damage, smashing two windows at West Bathurst Public School.

Police were notified of the incident on Tuesday, which occurred sometime between midday Monday and 11am Tuesday.

Crime Prevention Officer with Chifley Local Area Command, Sen Const Sue Rose said police were patrolling all schools in the city while schools were on their annual Christmas holidays, but said the incident highlighted the need for the community to also be aware.

“If you see something suspicious, please call us.”

She said the community are the eyes and ears for police and it was vital that if something didn’t look right, people speak up.

Sen Const Rose reminded people that school grounds were strictly out of bounds at this time of year and anyone caught on school grounds without express written permission from the principal would receive an infringement notice.

She said police took acts of vandalism against schools very seriously.

“If you go onto school grounds without authorisation, it’s a $550 on-the-spot fine,” she said. 

“If you stay on the school grounds, it’s another $550 fine. If you act in an offensive manner there, it’s a $250 fine.”

She said anyone caught on school grounds who isn’t supposed to be there can expect to be fined.

Sen Const Rose again urged anyone who sees or hears any suspicious activity, for example, the sound of breaking glass, near a school to call police straight away.

She said ultimately it’s the community who bear the cost of repairing the damage caused by vandals.

Anyone with information on the incident can call police on 63328699.