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Second primary school targeted by vandals

Principal of St Catherine’s Primary School, Bridget Wilders.

ANOTHER local primary school in Strabane has been attacked in the most recent incident of vandalism in the area.

Sometime between Wednesday, June 7 and Friday, June 9, a newly installed caterpillar tunnel in the outside play area of St Catherine’s primary school was vandalised.

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Principal of St Catherine’s Bridget Wilders says the school has become the target of periodic attacks.

“These attacks of vandalism began some time last year,” explained Mrs Wilders. “We have had a number of disturbances at the school and some of the damage has been more severe than others. This incident has been one of the lighter disturbances however, it is still very frustrating and annoying.”

This most recent attack comes only days after windows were smashed at Knockavoe School and Resource Centre, while a playpark in Newtownstewart and a portaloo in Castlederg’s Castle Park were also vandalised recently.

“It is very concerning, in terms of the cost of damage and taking into account the current state of the economy,” Mrs Wilders continued.

 “I just wish those people responsible would realise that vandalism has a negative impact on the entire community. For this to keep happening in a community which has to work so hard for everything, it is very disappointing.”

The total cost of the damage to the play tunnel was £200 and the school is currently organising for the equipment to be replaced.

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