Mums fighting back against nursery yobs

Parents of children at Little Stars Nursery in Airedale have been raising funds for CCTV, lighting and other measures at the site as their has been lots of vandalism, an arson attack and anti social behaviour since the neighbouring former Redhill Junior School became disused.
pictured are Aimee Redman, Laura Rotherforth, Louise Wagstaff, Emma Rudd, Hollie Redman, Maxine Jordan
Parents of children at Little Stars Nursery in Airedale have been raising funds for CCTV, lighting and other measures at the site as their has been lots of vandalism, an arson attack and anti social behaviour since the neighbouring former Redhill Junior School became disused. pictured are Aimee Redman, Laura Rotherforth, Louise Wagstaff, Emma Rudd, Hollie Redman, Maxine Jordan

Parents have teamed up to raise money for a nursery which has been trashed by vandals.

Mums with children at Little Stars Nursery in Airedale have been fundraising, after a series of incidents at the Queen’s Park Drive site.

Nursery manager Laura Rotherforth says there has been vandalism and break ins and an outdoor shelter had been badly damaged by fire.

A group of parents including Aimee and Hollie Redman chipped in to clear the rubble and make it safe for the children.

Their mum Victoria Redman said: “The group are now raising money to try and get CCTV and something in place to keep the building secure.

“It is getting targeted week in and week out.

“My youngest grandson goes to the nursery and my eldest two also went.

“It’s a fantastic place. It’s so wrong that it is being repeatedly attacked and vandalised. Why should people be allowed to keep getting away with it?”

Manager Miss Rotherforth said she had been in tears over the vandalism and had even considered moving premises, if she had the finances.

“It’s really overwhelming that the parents have got on board to help us. It has been really lovely,” she said.

“I put my heart and soul into this nursery and to see it trashed was really disheartening. I’ve been in tears over it.

“To have the parents’ support and know that people appreciate what we do and want to give back has been wonderful.”

Inspector Paul Sullivan of the Wakefield South East Policing Team said: “We are aware of the issues in that area and are getting staff down there.

“What kind of person trashes a children’s nursery up?”

He warned that police would be working closely with partners to deal with individuals responsible for anti-social behaviour.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.