YOBS are being hunted by police over an act of vandalism which left a school’s pet dead.
Polly, a rabbit fed and cared for by pupils at Bedlington Station First School, died after her hutch was vandalised last Thursday night.
It is unclear whether she died as a result of shock or whether the yobs responsible intended to cause her harm.
Headteacher Pauline Mulholland said: “Polly was much loved, and in the year she has been with us had become an important part of school life.
“Although, naturally, many children were upset, we were impressed by the mature and sensitive manner in which the children responded to the sad news.
“The children have had opportunities to talk about how they feel about Polly’s death, and many have chosen to make cards and write prayers and poems about her.”
Police are investigating the incident and are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.
Pc Steve McIntosh of Bedlington Police Station said: “I was saddened to hear the news that Poppy had died as a result of an attack by vandals.
“I’m disheartened that anyone from the Bedlington Station area could attack a defenceless animal which has a significant place in the young children’s hearts.
“I’m sure someone from the local area will know the identity of the people responsible and appeal to their better nature to come forward with information about the incident.”
Anyone who does have information about the incident should be directed to either PC 1037 Armstrong or PC 3332 McIntosh at Bedlington Police Station on 03456 043 043 or firstname.lastname@example.org