A minibus hired by Country Cousins language school in Ilfracombe was attacked and virtually destroyed by vandals on the night of Monday June 13.
School principal Jose Brinkmann estimates the damage will amount to several thousand pounds and will deal a devastating blow to Britain’s most prestigious language training school, winner of the British Council’s ELTton award for outstanding achievements in his field.
Windows were smashed on the near side of the bus and a fire extinguisher was set off above the interior of the vehicle.
The culprits were so determined to render the bus inoperable that the dashboard controls were ripped out.
“The bus cannot be started,” said Mr Brinkmann, who believes the crime was premeditated. “Cameras from neighboring houses wouldn’t have surprised them, and they knew they would be completely out of sight.”
The minibus is used to take the many students currently arriving at Country Cousins for cultural and sporting trips as part of their learning experience.
The school has reopened after two years of closure during the pandemic and is preparing to welcome children and teenagers from around the world through its doors.
Country Cousins has been a major economic asset for Ilfracombe since it was founded by Patricia Gale in 1951. “We will continue,” Mr Brinkmann said.
Police have visited the school, please contact the police on 101 if you have any relevant information about the crime.