As we approach the school holidays once again, Ballymena police have teamed up with schools across the town to ask communities to support the ‘School Watch’ initiative which aims to protect our empty local schools across the summer break.
Speaking as the initiative was launched yesterday (Monday) in the Leighinmohr House Hotel, Inspector Alison Ferguson condemned vandals who cause serious damage to our schools and called on the local community to help the police bring those responsible to justice.
She said: “Attacks on schools can range from broken windows and graffiti to more serious incidents including arson and burglaries. Vandalism is particularly disheartening and it is frustrating to see how these mindless acts affect a school and impact the whole community.
“Schools and hard working pupils do not deserve to see their buildings and facilities damaged. If you see suspicious activity around a school, please dial 999 immediately. Do not wait and think about it later. Police would rather that you call through, even if you are unsure of the nature of the activity,” said the Inspector.
She added, however: “People should not confront possible criminals. That responsibility belongs to the police, but public information is vital to helping local police respond effectively.”