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Children's tuck money is stolen in school raid

By David Young

Published 19/01/2016

Thieves have targeted an integrated primary school, causing around £1,500 of damage, the PSNI has said
Thieves have targeted an integrated primary school, causing around £1,500 of damage, the PSNI has said

Thieves have targeted an integrated primary school, causing around £1,500 of damage, the PSNI has said.

The criminals broke in over the weekend, ripping out windows and trashing rooms in All Children's Integrated Primary School in Newcastle, Co Down, in their search for money. Even the children's break money was stolen.

The PSNI said: "A significant amount of money was stolen from the safe, as well as money that was meant for break-time, uniforms and music lessons."

The breakfast club had to be cancelled, causing disruption and inconvenience to parents.

Appealing for information, police said the break-in happened between 5pm on Friday and yesterday morning.

Independent MLA John McCallister said: "This is very distressing news. Taking equipment and money from a primary school - and the wanton vandalism involved - is just beyond the Pale.

"It's very upsetting not only for the children but also, of course, for teachers and parents.

"I appeal to anyone with information about this break-in to contact the police immediately so that the perpetrators can be brought to justice."

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