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Fury as pupil allegedly behind indecent pictures of teachers avoids prosecution

By Staff Reporter

Police were called to a leading Northern Ireland school after claims that a teenage boy took "up-skirt" pictures of women teachers.

It is alleged to have happened at Enniskillen Royal Grammar School in Fermanagh last year, and police concluded their investigation recently.

The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) said the evidence did not pass the test for a prosecution to be taken.

The Sunday World reported that the photographs were discovered on a computer memory stick. The teachers that the boy is alleged to have taken the pictures of are "deeply concerned and disappointed" at the decision not to prosecute, the paper claimed.

The pupil at the centre of the allegations is said to be in his late teens and still at the school. Principal Elizabeth Armstrong told the Sunday World: "As you will be well aware, it would not be appropriate to comment on a matter such as the one you have raised".

The PPS said that, having considered the pictures, the decision not to prosecute was taken because the evidence did not meet the necessary requirements.

"The activities reported to the PPS by police as having been committed do not constitute an offence in criminal law," a spokesman explained.

"The complainants who were photographed were not observed doing a private act and therefore the evidential test in respect of the offence of voyeurism is not met.

"Offences which might apply if the actions of the suspect had occurred in a public place cannot be prosecuted as there is insufficient proof that any of the photographs were taken in a public place."

A PSNI spokesman added: "Police conducted a number of enquiries after a memory stick containing inappropriate images was found in the Enniskillen area in November 2016.

"A file was forwarded to the PPS in relation to the matter at the beginning of April 2017. There are no further details."

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