A SCHOOL’S multi-use games area has been vandalised.

The games area at Bellingham Middle School was used by pupils in PE lessons, for the school's daily mile, and also at break and lunch times.

One panel of the area's enclosure was completely ripped off, weakening the structure.

It now can't be used because it is deemed unsafe.

Headteacher of the school, Lindsay Hamilton, said: "We are really saddened, and so are the children.

"It's a real shame.

"It's something we used an awful lot."

Mrs Hamilton said they are now looking into installing CCTV.

She said they have had somebody out to look at the damage and are waiting on a quote for the repairs.

They are hoping to have it repaired over the summer holidays before pupils return in September.

Mrs Hamilton said the Bellingham Middle School Parent Teacher Community Association (BMSPTCA) have been really supportive and and are going to look into fundraising options for the damage repairs in the autumn.

BMSPTCA Chair Julie Mobberley said: “It’s absolutely devastating.

“A lot of donations had been made and time spent over the last couple of years making improvements.

“Our intention was to create a recreation area for all the community to enjoy.”

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “On July 9 we received a report of theft and criminal damage at Bellingham Middle School.

“It was reported that overnight between July 7 and 8, mesh wire sheeting which encloses a playground was stolen while the remaining sheeting left behind was damaged.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact officers online via the ‘Tell us Something function of our website, or by calling 101 if unable to access the internet, and quote log NP-20210709-0301.”