Raiders who broke into a school animal care centre slaughtered a hamster and attempted to feed it to a snake, LBO can reveal.
The shock attack– which occurred at Oak Bank School between 6pm on May 6 and 7.30 am on May 7– saw intruders attempt to break into the school’s motorbike garage before taking out their anger on animals.
After breaking into the animal care centre the attackers killed a hamster, cut an iguana and left a number of fish dead by filling the tank full of food.
The “deliberately malicious and pre-meditated” attack culminated with the perpetrators attempted to feed the dead hamster to a snake that had been let loose.
Oak Bank, on Sandy Lane, is a day school for pupils with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties.
Headteacher Peter Cohen said the incident has left students “very upset”.
He added: “Our students are very vulnerable so this has clearly impacted on them as much as the staff.
“To help learning about caring for other people the children care for these pets and are very precious about them.
“This has been a horrible experience for them, we have had break-in attempts before but nothing like this at all.
“This has left a bitter taste and staff are anxious about this happening again.”
Following the incident a resident close to the school decided to buy a replacement hamster for pupils– a gesture that was greatly appreciated, according to Mr Cohen.
Police have opened an investigation into the attack.
PC Lucy Austin said: “We know there was a group of four men in tracksuits spotted in the area and I am very interested in tracing these people as they could have information that may help this investigation.”
Anyone with information on the break-in can contact PC Austin in confidence on 01582 394214 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.