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Warning over sex offender at school gate

A school has issued a warning to parents after a known sex offender was spotted outside the school gates.

The principal of St Comhghall’s Secondary School in Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh, wrote a letter to parents informing them that the school had reported a man, believed to be a convicted paedophile, to police. Staff have also been instructed to patrol the grounds in the morning and afternoon.

The man had been seen lurking around the school, as well as at the nearby St Ronan’s Primary School.

Pupils at St Comhghall’s — aged between 11 and 18-years-old — have been briefed on the appearance of the notorious sex offender and told not to approach him “under any circumstances”.

They have also been issued with a number of safety procedures, including walking in pairs or in groups and to remain calm.

The man referred to in the letter has three convictions for sexually abusing young girls, the youngest aged just seven. He was put on the Sex Offenders’ Register in 1999 for 10 years, and has been described as “high risk” and a “danger to young girls”.

In the letter, principal Gary Kelly wrote: “We have had a report of a known offender who has been sitting outside our school at home time over the past number of days. We have passed this information over to police, who said they will increase patrols outside the school.”

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Police said they are aware of reports of suspicious activity and are liaising with the school to ensure child safety.

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