PUPILS at a special needs school that was targeted by vandals last year were surprised by their neighbourhood police officer last week – with a trip to a local funfair.

In Easter last year staff, pupils and parents were left devastated after Hadrian School on Bertram Crescent in Benwell, Newcastle, was targeted by vandals.

Slurs aimed at pupils were painted on the playground, minibus windows were smashed and paint was thrown over specialist play equipment.

Following the attacks, the community pulled together and tens of thousands of pounds were raised to help pay for the damage.

Police also launched a criminal investigation and recorded the vandalism as a hate crime. Thosse those responsible were never identified.

Pupils at the school have remained in positive spirits and last week their local police officer decided to give them a reward - an access-all-areas trip to a local funfair.

PC Paul Westwood had organised the trip with family-run business Clark's Fair who granted the school free access to the fun fair before the gates had even opened.

This meant they could enjoy the rides without the large crowds and loud music that make it difficult for pupils and their family to attend such events.