Dramatic footage on CCTV as Lurgan school targeted by burglar

Carrick Primary School was the target of a break-in on Saturday night (October 31).

According to the school the break-in happened around 7pm and was captured on the school’s CCTV system.

The male intruder was seen on camera climbing over the main entrance gate, walking up the drive and smashing a window in the ‘north wing’ section of the school. They then caused a lot of damage in a classroom and the main office, smashing in the door.

A school spokesperson said: “Staff are very careful to leave valuables locked away and money is banked so this was a completely senseless act.

“The individual was wearing an Adidas tracksuit bottoms.

“Sadly it would appear that this individual has prior knowledge of the school and its layout.

“He went to the nearest classroom, P3K, before going directly to the main office. Because it was dark this records as a negative image.

“Forensics were able to identify the individual’s shoes as Nike, however, the person wore gloves to avoid leaving prints.

“After leaving the office he is believed to have gone upstairs to the top corridor and down the far stairs where he left via the back door.”

Of the CCTV footage the spokesperson said: “Please look at the footage carefully and share it. If you recognise the individual do not hesitate to contact Lurgan Police station. Unfortunately the ease of movement with which this individual negotiates the school would suggest that they are familiar with it.

“Staff have already been in today to clean up the mess and the window has been boarded up.

“We really appreciate all the support and messages. School will be open as usual on Monday as we do not want your children’s education to suffer because of this awful incident. We would appreciate it if parents would avoid the front office area for the next few days until everything is put back to normal.”