We are appealing to the Endowed Schools community and members of the public in Loughborough to help us identify a male seen on CCTV vandalising a row of trees in our Quad at 9:30pm on Friday 25th August.
The cherry trees were planted by students and staff as a tribute to former pupils who lost their lives in conflict.
View the CCTV footage below:
The white male, with hair shaved shorter at the sides and longer on top, was wearing a light-coloured t-short, dark-coloured shorts, white trainers and sunglasses. CCTV footage shows him on the A6 Leicester Road at 9:25pm before he makes his way onto school premises through the main car park. After causing the damage, he scaled the high railings before running towards Shelthorpe Road.
Jane Harker, Head of External Relations at Loughborough Endowed Schools, said: “Staff and students, past and present, are heartbroken. The trees are very precious to everyone in the school community. Each has, at its base, a plaque which carries the names of fallen pupils. Their presence in the Quad, at the heart of school life, serves as a constant reminder to us all of the sacrifice they made. To see them snapped at their bases and lying on the ground is devastating.”
If you have any information that could assist Leicestershire Police with their enquiries, please contact them on 101. When prompted, select identification number 6172 and quote incident number 17000365538.