Over the last few weekends criminal damage has been caused to the Howell Drive site of Welshpool Church in Wales Primary School in Maesydre. This has involved vehicles damaged, windows broken and tiles thrown off the roof. The school are having to invest in a new CCTV system to help prevent the problems, and police will also be increasing patrols in the area.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: "It is frustrating that money used for educating children in the community is being directed to repair the damage caused by these individuals. It is also likely that the persons causing the damage are from the local community and may even be past or present pupils.

Headteacher Justine Baldwin said: "It is such a shame that this lovely old building is being damaged in this way. We are trying to keep the building safe for our colleagues in the Welsh medium school, but the regular damage that is being caused is making this more difficult. It is hard to keep up the morale of staff and pupils when they see their school being damaged almost every week."

Chair of Governors Councillor Francesca Jump said: "The headteacher, staff and governors all work hard to ensure that the school building is a safe and secure environment. A place where our pupils can grow and flourish. The continual vandalism inflicted on the site has caused great distress to us all and, at times, due to classrooms being out of action, has had a detrimental effect on our pupils. There is also a financial impact on the school, monies that we would like to spend on educating our pupils now has to be spent on repairs and enhancing the security of the site."

Police and the school are asking parents to speak to their children and teenagers to see if anybody knows anything about the damage. Report any information online at: http://bit.ly/DPPReportOnline, by email at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

If any persons are seen on the site in the evenings or at weekend and not behaving appropriately then please ring 101. If a crime is being committed than please ring 999. Any persons caught causing damage or causing a nuisance on school premises will be dealt with appropriately.