School considers CCTV following arson attack

ST. PAUL'S PS FIRE. . . .Mrs. Katrina McFeeley, Principal, St. Paul's PS, Slievemore, pictured yesterday morning surveying the damage caused to the school's Children's Garden in an overnight attack on Sunday morning. Included on right are Ms. Anne McGuigan, teacher and Councillor Brian Tierney. DER3215MC001
ST. PAUL'S PS FIRE. . . .Mrs. Katrina McFeeley, Principal, St. Paul's PS, Slievemore, pictured yesterday morning surveying the damage caused to the school's Children's Garden in an overnight attack on Sunday morning. Included on right are Ms. Anne McGuigan, teacher and Councillor Brian Tierney. DER3215MC001
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A Derry primary school is considering installing CCTV after vandals broke in and set fire to a children’s eco-garden.

A clean-up operation was under way on the grounds of St Paul’s P.S. in Galliagh yesterday, as staff expressed anger over what had happened.

The Fire Service have confirmed that they were alerted to the blaze at around 10.20pm on Saturday and spent around 40 minutes at the scene.

The blaze resulted in a shed housing equipment used by chidren. A number of windows were also smashed at St Joseph’s ABC Boxing Club, which shares the same gated grounds as the school.

St. Paul’s principal Catrina McFeely said the school had no option but to look at more security.

“It’s unbelievable. I know there has been damage before, broken windows, but we have never had anything set on fire. It is really annoying.

“We already have security who patrol the school grounds, We will now have to start thinking of putting in lighting and security cameras. We have discussed it now and it seems this is another thing we are going to have to do.

“It is not something we want to be spending money on but it is something we are considering.”

The school grounds were this week due to host the finale concert and celebration events for the Amelia Earhart Festival and Mrs. McFeely said the eco garden was supposed to be used as a storytelling venue.

“Hopefully we will get it cleaned up in time,” she said.