Casey slams ‘attack on the community’ after St Patrick’s Primary School burglary
There was widespread anger in the local community this week after it emerged that St Patrick’s Primary School in the Meadow was broken into by burglars.
Describing the attack on the popular school as ‘an attack on the whole community’, Sinn Fein councillor Charlie Casey condemned Tuesday night’s burglary.
He raged, “This is an attack on the whole community, as the school works very well with the local community,” he told Newry Times.
“I have been in contact with the principal of St Patrick’s Primary School and there was damage carried out to the inside of the premises.
“It has done nothing but cause an inconvenience for pupils and staff who have had to withdraw from the vandalised area.
“As there is a limited budget available, there will be some delay in finding the money to get the repairs done, causing even further inconvenience to the staff and pupils of the school.
“Nothing was stolen from the school, as all schools are now cash free environments.
In a parting shot at those responsible for the attack, Casey added, “This was a mindless attack; I would urge anyone who has any information in relation to the incident to pass it on to the police immediately.”
A spokesman for the Newry PSNI said they are appealing for information about the St Patrick’s Primary School burglary as well as a similar burglary in Whitecross.
The spokesman explained, “Sometime overnight between Tuesday, 15th January, and Wednesday, 16th January, entry was forced to a primary school in Ballinlare Gardens, Newry and a primary school in Ballymoyer Road, Whitecross. Offices in both schools were ransacked.”
He added, “Police are appealing to anyone who has information in relation to these burglaries to contact them in Ardmore on 0845 600 8000. If you prefer to provide information without giving your details you can contact the independent Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
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