A double-decker bus being used as a community arts college by theatre company Slung Low has been broken into, with vandals causing an estimated £5,000 of damage.
According to a series of tweets posted by the company’s artistic director Alan Lane, the incident occurred at Slung Low’s home in Holbeck, Leeds, overnight on December 21.
The Cultural Community College, based in a refitted double-decker bus, was founded in 2018 by Slung Low, and offers a range of classes and courses for adults, all of which are free at the point of use.
Lane said on Twitter that a group of people had smashed in the bus’ windows and had a party inside. A heating unit was also ripped off the wall during the incident.
Christmas break disrupted by the group that smashed all the windows on our bus last night, had a party, ripped the heating unit on the wall and then left.
So that’s the rest of today planned.
I hope it brought them some happiness. pic.twitter.com/zOyTc6yhbV
— Alan Lane (@slunglowalan) December 22, 2019
He estimated the cost of the damage would be around £5,000, but vowed to have the bus reopened for classes in the new year.
It is understood that West Yorkshire Police’s crime scene investigation unit attended the property on December 22.
Lane told The Stage he had been struck by the generosity of the company’s neighbours and supporters who had rallied around to help in the wake of the incident.
Slung Low is based at the Holbeck, the oldest social club in the UK, which it also manages. Lane said the club’s members had sourced wood to patch up the broken windows, while others also offered to donate online towards the repair costs.
It is not the first time Slung Low’s premises has been broken into. A burglary at its former home the Hub in 2017, saw a van and several boat motors used in the company’s large-scale outdoor show Flood stolen, while a tank containing hundreds of litres of water was emptied onto donations intended for refugees in Calais.