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Laptop computers and washing machine stolen from east Belfast primary school

Published 23/10/2015

Twenty-one laptop computers and a washing machine have been stolen from a primary school in east Belfast.

Detectives are appealing for information following a burglary on the Ravenhill Road in Belfast overnight between Wednesday October 21 and Thursday 22.

It was reported that sometime during the night entry was forced to the premises and 21 laptop computers and a washing machine were stolen.

SDLP South Belfast MLA Claire Hanna described the robbery at St Michael’s Primary School as an "appalling crime against children and an excellent school".

She said: “It’s absolutely infuriating that someone would break into a Primary School to steal equipment that is used to help advance the education of local children. Aside from the loss of equipment, this appalling crime will also force the school to replace the 21 laptops that have been stolen, further stretching under pressure budgets.

“It is beyond me that we have people in this city who would steal from Primary School Children. The laptops will inevitably be sold for next to nothing, making the crime all the more senseless.

“My niece attends St Michael’s, so I’m well aware of their excellent standards. This incident is out of character for the area and I would appeal for anyone who may have seen anything to come forward to the police as soon as possible.”

Detective Sergeant James Johnston is appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone who may be offered similar items for sale in suspicious circumstances to contact detectives in Musgrave Police Station on the non-emergency number 101.

Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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