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PSNI sorry for St Joseph's Primary School appeal on Facebook

By Amanda Ferguson

Police have issued an apology to a Lisburn primary school after an official appeal on Facebook revealed that officers were investigating alleged crimes linked to it.

On Tuesday the PSNI posted a message asking for anyone who had worked at St Joseph's Primary School between 1990 and 1996 to contact it.

The school said it was "taken by surprise" as the Facebook post was the first it heard of any investigation. The post has been removed and a senior police officer has visited the school to apologise.

A statement from the PSNI said: "The PSNI accepts that while some enquiries had been initiated with the school, upon reflection our intent to issue an appeal via Facebook should have been made clear to the school authorities prior to the post appearing.

"Failure to do so was an oversight on our part for which we have now apologised to the school.

"We would once again emphasise the police investigation does not relate to any offences of a sexual nature and we extend our apologies to the school, its staff and pupils for any concern or confusion caused."

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