Geraldton crime: Two boys charged over John Willcock College vandalism and fire

Tamra CarrGeraldton Guardian
Julie Campbell in front of John Willcock College yesterday morning.
Camera IconJulie Campbell in front of John Willcock College yesterday morning. Credit: Tamra Carr, The Geraldton Guardian

Detectives have charged two boys in relation to vandalism and a fire at a Geraldton school last night.

Police allege a Glenfield boy, 12, and a Rangeway boy, 13, set fire to a room at John Willcock College before causing “extensive” damage to ground floor windows, computers, photocopiers, projectors, CCTV and numerous other items.

Police estimate the damage bill will cost about $150,000.

The boys have been charged with aggravated burglary and commit offence, stealing, criminal damage and criminal damage by fire.

They are due to appear before the Geraldton Children’s Court later this month.

Police at John Willcock College this morning, after a fire and vandalism overnight caused an estimated $150,000 damage.
Camera IconPolice at John Willcock College this morning, after a fire and vandalism overnight caused an estimated $150,000 damage. Credit: Tamra Carr, The Geraldton Guardian

Principal Julie Campbell asked parents of students at the school to monitor social media and text messages for information on when the school will re-open.

Students have been told to stay home today so the school can be cleaned up.

Ms Campbell said the incident was devastating.

“It has a whole community impact,” she said.

Police are still investigating the incident and have asked anyone with any information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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