Email from a park user on Monday:
Subject: Burning of school books at Southwick Park
Please accept my apologies for bringing you bad news.
While walking in the park this evening, approximately 7:15, we spotted some smoke coming from the copse in Sheep Field.
As we approached, several lads and a girl quickly made an exit and we found a pile of school textbooks on fire.
We managed to put out the flames and also took some pictures for you, which are attached.
I hope this helps you and again I’m really sorry. If there’s anything else we can do, please let us know.
We know that the exams are over and that celebrations are called for but this is just plain daft.
We forwarded the mail and the pictures to PCSO Mat Till; they show that the text books and exercise books are from Clarendon Academy. We have only used one picture here because the others showed the names of the children quite clearly.
Please don’t start fires in the park: book burnings, barbecues, arson, camp fires all present a danger to our woodland and our wildlife.