UPDATE: School farm arrests
Written by karen on 2 January 2018
Teenagers arrested for School Farm killings.
Officers investigating the deaths of several animals at a school farm in Sittingbourne have arrested three children on suspicion of criminal damage and animal cruelty.
Police were called to the school in Westlands Avenue on Thursday (December 28) where 11 chickens were reportedly killed, the teenagers were caught on CCTV stamping on the chickens and kicking around the grounds, and a pregnant pig attacked.
The suspects, boys aged 12,13 and 14 are all from Sittingbourne and have been released pending further information.
Oliver Howland, the farm site manager and teacher at the Westlands School in Westlands Avenue said: “Things like this have happened in the past. Individuals have come into the farm and trespassed before.
“There are some young farmers who come up to that farm and young students who help some almost every day. They do fantastic work and it’s devastating.
“It was lovely to have the support of the school. We really appreciate the support the community has given us.”
It has been reported that intruders have been spotted on the school site several evenings before the incident.
Jon Whitcombe, Swale Academies Trust principle who oversees the management at Westlands said the perpetrators were “mindless hooligans”