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‘Shameful and selfish’ thieves strip lead from roof of primary school preparing for pupils’ return

'The school's limited and over-stretched budget is being used to put in place measures to ensure a safe return to education for the pupils. This will impact on such resources'

St Patrick's PS Newry lead

There has been anger and disgust after thieves stripped lead from the roof of a primary school in Newry.

The culprits, who targeted St Patrick’s Primary School, in the Meadow, have been condemned for their actions.

Sinn Fein Councillor Charlie Casey, who serves on the Board of Governors, urged anyone with information to come forward.

He said: “I am absolutely disgusted at the actions of the criminal elements who have taken advantage of the Covid-19 closure of the school to strip lead from the roof.

“At a time when staff are working flat out to get the school ready for the return of the pupils, these criminals have struck. Their actions have angered and disgusted the entire community.

“The school’s limited and over-stretched budget is being used to put in place measures to ensure a safe return to education for the pupils.

“This shameful and selfish act will impact on such resources.

“Anyone with any information please contact the PSNI or any school staff member.”

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