Vandal fear at empty school

NEAABE110726b2, Greasley beauvale infant school, Dovecote road.
NEAABE110726b2, Greasley beauvale infant school, Dovecote road.

A RESIDENT in Newthorpe fears the famous school where Eastwood writer DH Lawrence studied could be a target for vandals now it has been left empty.

George Matthews thought the spire on the apex of the roof at Greasley Beauvale Infants School had gone missing last weekend, and although it turned out to be a false alarm, he said he was worried that thieves might want a ‘historical keepsake’ or steal the valuable metals from inside.

Kids at the school in Dovecote Road left the school for summer last Tuesday and will move into a new building next term, leaving school owners Nottinghamshire County Council to auction it off in the autumn.

Main Street resident George Matthews said the famous listed building should be fitted with CCTV.

“I think it will be wrecked,” he said. “It would be a sacrilege.

“They (thieves) are taking grates up and all sorts nowadays. With it being a listed building it makes you wonder.

“People might want a keepsake from a historical building. They want to fit it with cameras.”

Greasley Beauvale Infants and Juniors merged to become Greasley Beauvale Primary School three years ago.

Pupils will move into a new build across the road at the start of next term, leaving Nottinghamshire County Council to knock down the junior school building for playground space and auction the infant school building off in the autumn.

Lawrence was both a pupil and teacher at the infants school.