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Police probe into claims 'inappropriate upskirt' pictures found on pupil's USB at Northern Ireland grammar school

Not enough evidence to take matter to court say prosecutors

Police were called to a top Northern Ireland grammar school after claims a teenage boy took "inappropriate upskirt" pictures of women teachers, the Sunday World has reported.

It happened at Enniskillen Royal Grammar School in Fermanagh last year and police concluded their investigation recently. The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) has said the evidence did not pass the test for a prosecution to be taken.

The paper reported that photographs were discovered on a computer memory stick.

Those teachers concerned were said to be suffering stress and trauma and "deeply concerned and disappointed" at the decision not to prosecute.

The pupil at the centre of the allegations is said to be in his late teens and still at the school. The school told the paper it would "not be appropriate to comment".

However, the PPS said having considered the pictures the decision to prosecute was taken as the evidence did not meet its test for a prosecution.

"The activities reported to PPS by police as having been committed do not constitute an offence in criminal law." a spokesperson said.

"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 persecuted 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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