Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 1 November 2014

Catholic school and GAA club targeted in attacks

A Catholic primary school has been targeted in a spate of sectarian attacks at the weekend.

Army technical officers were called to examine a suspicious object at a Co Antrim school yesterday.

The Ballynafie Road was closed while the scene at St Paul’s Primary School near Ahoghill was examined. The device was later declared a hoax.

The nearby Crosskeys Road, between Ballymena and Ahoghill, was closed off last night due to another security alert.

A suspicious object was also found outside Casement’s GAA club on the Gortgole Road in Portglenone yesterday afternoon. The object was reported to police after a child found it. It was examined and was declared a hoax by Army technical officers last night.

There was a fourth incident in Portstewart. Two houses were evacuated on Enterprise Parade when a suspicious object was found at around 1pm yesterday.

Army technical officers attended the scene and carried out a controlled explosion. The device was later declared a hoax.

After the spate of alerts police are now urging businesses and residents to be vigilant and to check their properties. If they do find anything suspicious they should immediately report it.

North Antrim MP Ian Paisley condemned those responsible for the alert at the primary school.

He said: “It’s impossible to understand why people persist with this behaviour. Every effort should be made to convict those responsible.”

North Antrim Sinn Fein MLA Daithi McKay also condemned the attacks and urged anyone with information to contact the PSNI.

SDLP MLA Declan O'Loan said: “This is an attack on the whole community in Ahoghill”.

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