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Police appeal after 50 iPads are stolen from school

By Eamon Sweeney

A primary school in Co Fermanagh has vowed to re-open this morning after it was forced to remain closed yesterday after 50 iPads used as teaching aids were stolen overnight.

The break-in at Moat Primary School in Lisnaskea is understood to have taken place between 9-10.30pm on Sunday night. Significant damage was done to the premises before the burglars fled with the iPads which had been recently donated to the school through fundraising efforts.

Principal Felicity Humphreys said: "It is with much regret that we have taken the step to close the school on Monday, November 27. A burglary occurred at the school late on Sunday night. The staff will seek to make it look as good as new for Tuesday morning, following PSNI and criminal investigative work."

A statement on the school's website last night said it will be open again on Tuesday, and also thanked all who had sympathised with them throughout Monday.

The break-in prompted former First Minister Arlene Foster, who was raised near Lisnaskea, to respond: "This is absolutely disgraceful. Please if anyone noticed anything suspicious contact the local police. These people need to be brought to justice. Thinking of Felicity and all the staff today."

UUP councillor Victor Warrington added his condemnation.

"To break in and steal children's learning aids and create significant damage is a disgraceful act of criminality.

"We want our children to get the best opportunities from their educational experience, instead we have here some of the worst type of actions from people," he said.

"It's important that anyone with information about this gives it to the police."

Meanwhile, the PSNI said that they were alerted to suspicious activity at the school at about 10pm on Sunday night and have appealed for information about the incident.

Detective Inspector Trevor Stephenson said: "Officers attended the school and found the property had been ransacked, with approximately 50 iPads taken. A full investigation is now underway."

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