School watchis launched

Ballymena PSNI are appealing for the whole community to support this year’s ‘School Watch’ initiative during the forthcoming holidays.

Local Commander Chief Inspector John Magill said residents borough-wide could help police prevent vandalism and bring vandals to task.

“Attacks on schools generally range from broken windows and graffiti but on some occasions have been more serious including arson and burglary,” he said.

“Vandalism is disheartening and it is frustrating to see how these mindless acts affect schools that have worked hard to maintain buildings and create a safe environment for pupils throughout the whole year. No one wants to see teachers and pupils return to a school which has been vandalised or to come in over the summer to clear up after criminals.”

“We would ask anyone who lives near to a school to be extra vigilant and report anyone acting suspiciously to police on 999 immediately. We would also urge parents to be aware of what young people are up to and where they are when they are not at home.

“Please also remember that people should not confront possible criminals, that responsibility belongs to us, but public information is vital to helping local police respond effectively.” If you see anything unusual or anyone acting suspiciously on school premises call police on 0845 600 8000.