A WARNING has been sent out to would-be vandals after thugs damaged an eco-friendly greenhouse at a Peebles primary school.

The greenhouse, made from recycled plastic bottles at Priorsford Primary School, was damaged on Sunday night.

Deputy head Keith Russell told the Peeblesshire News: “On Sunday at around 7.15pm, a group of people were caught on CCTV drinking in the outdoor classroom.

“They then deposited their bottles in the greenhouse by pushing them through the wall, causing fairly extensive damage.

“We are in the process of installing several thousand pounds worth of poly-tunnel so we want to make sure it is safe and to let possible miscreants know that if they damage it, we are very successful at identifying who they are and informing the police.”

It’s not the first time that vandals have attacked the structure, which is located by the school’s playground.

In 2014, yobs wrecked the greenhouse, just months after pupils worked long and hard to build it.

It was made with one and half litre plastic bottles that were carefully slotted into place.

The vandals kicked holes in three places and the bottles were strewn around the structure. A wheelbarrow from the greenhouse was also pushed through a willow hedge.

The latest attack has brought condemnation from parents on social media – who described it as “truly awful”, “disgusting” and “outrageous”.

Keith added: “We would urge anyone in our community who witnesses anyone drinking in the playground to contact the police. Anyone we identify via our CCTV will be reported to the police.”

Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.