AS we approach the school holidays once again, police in Banbridge are appealing for the whole community to help protect local schools when they are closed over the summer break.
As part of the School Watch initiative, officers will be paying particular attention to schools across the District over the summer months and Crime Prevention Officer, Michelle Wilson, called on the local community to help police prevent any vandalism and bring those responsible to task.
She said: “Attacks on schools generally range from broken windows and graffiti but on some occasions have been more serious including arson and burglary.
“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.
“This in turn has a really negative effect on the entire community and I would ask members of the public to assist us in reducing this type of crime. 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.”
You are asked if you see anything unusual or anyone acting suspiciously on school premises after hours or during holidays ring the police on 101.