Loughborough Grammar School are appealing to members of the public in the town to help them identify a male seen on CCTV vandalising a row of trees after entering its Quadrangle on Burton Walks at 9:30pm on Friday 25th August.
View the CCTV footage below
The cherry trees were planted by students and staff as a tribute to former pupils who lost their lives in conflict.
The white male, with hair shaved shorter around the sides and longer on top, was wearing a light-coloured t-shirt, 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. After causing the damage, he scaled high railings before running towards Shelthorpe Road.
Jane Harker, Head of External Relations at Loughborough Endowed Schools, said staff and pupils, past and present, will be ‘heartbroken’ when they discover what has happened.
“The trees are very precious to everyone in the school community. Each has, at its base, a plaque which carries the name of fallen pupils. Their presence in the Quad, at the heart of school life, serves as a constant reminder to 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 about this incident, please contact Loughborough Police on 101. When prompted, select identification number 6172 and quote incident number 17000365538.