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Four boys detained as police investigate break-in at school

Four boys aged 13 or under have been detained following a break-in and vandalism at Driffield Northfield Infant School which caused extensive damage.

Police have said criminal damage and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated as they continue to question the boys in connection with the incident.

The school was forced to close to all pupils on Monday 27th March, while the police carried out investigations into the break-in, which happened just before 6pm on Sunday, 26th March.

The school remained closed for the full week before the Easter holiday.

A spokesperson from Humberside Police said: “An investigation has been launched following reports of criminal damage at Northfield Infant School on Southfield Close in Driffield on the evening of Sunday 26th March.

“We were called shortly after 6pm to reports of the alarm sounding and a break in at the premises.

“Officers quickly attended and four boys, all aged 13 or under, were detained at the scene.

“The investigation into the extensive damage caused is continuing and we will be questioning those responsible with their parents or guardians in connection with the incident.

“Criminal damage and antisocial behaviour will not be tolerated in our communities, and the local neighbourhood team will be working to reassure the residents of Driffield that appropriate action will be taken against those responsible.

“If anyone has any information about this incident, that has not already spoken to us, please contact us on our non-emergency number 101, quoting log 411 of 26 March.”

As soon as the devastating news broke, the community was quick to rally and offered its support to the school and its staff.

In a post on its Facebook page, the school said: “Thank you for everyone’s kind words of support. We are absolutely devastated and heartbroken.

“We know many have offered to come and help, however we ask people not to come up to the school as there is still an ongoing investigation.

“We need to follow due procedure but will keep everyone informed as soon as we can.”

Sam Woolhouse, headteacher at Driffield Northfield Infants School, said: “It was devastating to see the extensive damage that was caused to the school.”

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