St Patricks Primary School in The Meadow in Newry had been left with a repair bill of nearly £5000 after a recent robbery. That's according to local MP Mickey Brady who visited the School with his colleague Cllr Charlie Casey.

Cllr Casey a members of the school's Board of Directors expressed his anger and disgust at the incident. "I am absolutely disgusted at the actions of the criminal elements who have taken advantage of the Covid 19 closure of the school to strip lead from the roof of the school”.

The Newry Councillor continued,“At a time when Staff are working flat out to get the school ready for the return of the pupils, these criminals have struck. Their actions have angered and disgusted the entire community. The school's limited and overstretched budget is being used to put in place measures to ensure a safe return to Education for the pupils. This shameful and selfish act will impact on such resources. Anyone with any information please contact the PSNI or any School Staff Member”.

Newry and Armagh MP Mickey Brady added “Thieves entered the School Property  around 2am and stole lead from the roof. They have done thousands of pounds of damage. This is not only a crime against this School, its pupils and staff but against the community here who value this place of learning”

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