HEARTLESS vandals have left graffiti, trashed a vegetable garden and even started fires as part of a sustained attack on a Lisson Grove nursery.
The thoughtless yobs first trashed parts of the outdoor play area of the Luton Street Nursery, in Luton Street, last Sunday (July 12) night.
Staff and children were then greeted with yet another early morning wake-up call of destruction both last Tuesday (July 14) and Wednesday (July 15). And after a brief respite, a repeat performance took place on Monday (July 20).
In a long list of damage reported to the police by the deputy manager Stacey-Jane Whitfield, staff discovered a broken gate to the baby garden, an upturned climbing frame and water butt, extensive trashing of the children's vegetable garden, holes kicked or punched into the back of a fridge, empty packets of cigarettes and butts strewn across the area, a plant pot thrown onto the roof of the nursery, along with graffiti on the nursery windows.
There have also been repeated fires, including two made in the children's playhouse.
Nursery office Jennie Patterson said: "In one corner they had piled what looked like lots of paper and tissues, which they had then burnt, with a pile of ashes hidden under the grey carpet in the corner opposite."
Police have made reports of all incidents, advising staff to review the installation of CCTV equipment and to get in touch with the safer neighbourhood and crime prevention teams.
June O'Sullivan, chief executive officer of the Westminster Children's Society (WCS), which runs the nursery, said: "Crime carried out by the disaffected youth of London is one thing, and certainly something we constantly strive to combat here at WCS, through intervention and proactive support for both parents and children from the earliest possible age.
"But such thoughtless and selfish attacks, at the heart of the local community, especially where it can only really affect the very young, has to be seen as a truly saddening sign of the times.
"I therefore urge friends or family of those involved to either come forward or step in now, to make sure such behaviour is quickly and conclusively stamped out before it's too late."
Anyone with information can call Westminster police on 020 7321 8510 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.