Police are investigating a possible link between reports of a male intruder in two schools and a college in Limavady on Tuesday and a theft from another school on the same day.
The ‘Journal’ can reveal that on Wednesday, police received a report from a primary school that a sum of money had been taken the day before from a bag belonging to a staff member. The bag was in a communal area of the school.
“They also reported that an unknown man had been sighted outside the school on this day,” a PSNI spokesperson told the ‘Journal’.
“This incident is being linked to the arrest of a 37-year-old man in Limavady on suspicion of going equipped for burglary, attempted burglary and disorderly behaviour. The arrest followed reports of a man being in two schools in the Irish Green Street area and a college in the Main Street area of Limavady on the afternoon of Tuesday 16 April. A 37-year-old man has since been released on bail pending further enquiries.”
Limavady SDLP councillor Gerry Mullan said, as a parent, he was “horrified” to hear what had happened.
“In light of what has happened I believe parents need to be assured that everything possible is being done to ensure the safety of their children and teachers during school hours,” said Colr. Mullan last night.
“I am aware that schools do employ security measures to prevent unauthorised access and are vigilant but, considering the tragic outcomes of events at schools in America in recent times, I am relieved that neither pupils nor staff members – in any school involved – were in any apparent danger. Nevertheless, this has highlights the need for vigilance at all times.”
A spokesperson for the Western Education and Library Board said: “The Board can confirm that an incident did take place on Tuesday 16 April, 2013.
“The Board wishes to assure parents that the safeguarding of pupils is a priority for WELB, school principals and Boards of Governors and that relevant WELB services are providing advice and support to the schools involved.
“The incident is now the subject of a police investigation and it would be inappropriate for the Board to comment any further.”
Police say enquiries are ongoing and all lines of enquiry are being investigated at this time.