School raids branded ‘attacks on community’

Police believe that burglaries at two Derry schools over the weekend may be linked.

Groarty Primary School at Coshquin Road and St Peter’s High School in Creggan were targeted in weekend raids. In each case windows were broken and laptops stolen.

Sinn Féin’s Derry Education spokesperson, Councillor Patricia Logue, branded the break-ins attacks on the community. “Schools are centres of our communities and provide not just education for our children but also services for families, after schools projects, and outreach to the wider community. To target schools and steal computers is therefore an attack on the entire community and is completely unacceptable I would appeal for anyone with even the slightest information on these thefts to bring it forward to the police straight away. I would appeal for anyone who may be offered these laptops for sale to consider that it could be their own children who could be disadvantaged by this theft and to take that into account. I would also encourage anyone in that position to report any approach to sell these items to the PSNI or to the schools.”

A police spokesperson said: “Police believe the incidents are linked and are keen to hear from anyone with information.

“The culprits may try to sell on the laptops therefore police are encouraging anyone approached to purchase such items in suspicious circumstances to contact them immediately.

Residents living near schools are asked to report any activity on school grounds over the half term holidays to police or a member of their local neighbourhood policing team - contact details can be found on the PSNI website.”