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2016-02-09 06:00
Constable Lorencial Johnson (left), spokesperson of Maitland police, with volunteers from the community who helped clear trees and bushes near Maitland High School.  PHOTO: gary van dyk

Constable Lorencial Johnson (left), spokesperson of Maitland police, with volunteers from the community who helped clear trees and bushes near Maitland High School. PHOTO: gary van dyk

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Bushes near Maitland High School were put to the sword, saw and power saw – to make the area safer for pupils.

Maitland police, with the Maitland Neighbourhood Watch, Brooklyn/ Ysterplaat Neighbourhood Watch and the Maitland City Improvement District, participated in a project to rid the field of the dense bushes on Wednesday last week.

Constable Lorencial Johnson, spokesperson of Maitland police, said this project was very important because the bushes and trees were a problem: “The aim of cutting down the trees was to make the area safer for the pupils, as people use the thickness of the bush to hide in or to sleep. Children were also being robbed of their personal belongings, ever since the school opened. Crime in the area has also picked up in the vicinity of the bush as there is also no fencing to divide the schoolgrounds from the bush.

“With the bush cut down a clear view of the schoolground is now possible.

“Pupils would also use the route through the bush to get to the Ysterplaat train station and that put them at risk of being robbed. The vibracrete wall of the school was stolen, which will cost the school a lot of money to rebuild.

“The safety of the pupils is very important to all the roleplayers involved and we as the police would like to extend our gratitude to all who participated.”

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