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Residents manage to retrieve some items stolen during break-in at west Belfast primary school

The car was found burnt-out having crashed into gates at St Peter's Nursery School in west Belfast
Marie Louise McConville

LAPTOPS and other items were stolen from a west Belfast primary school during a break-in which caused "considerable damage".

Anti-social elements are being blamed for the raid on St Peter's Primary School on the Ross Road. The break-in happened sometime between 5pm on Tuesday and 7.30am yesterday.

It is understood that residents living nearby managed to recover many of the items.

The break-in comes days after car thieves ploughed a vehicle into the gates of nearby St Peter's Nursery School at Servia Street causing damage to fencing and a montage celebrating a ‘Best Kept School' award.

Three mobile classrooms were broken into and property stolen including two laptops during Tuesday night's incident at the lower Falls school.

Store rooms containing builders' tools were also broken into and equipment stolen.

Sinn Féin MLA Fra McCann said those behind the break-in had caused "considerable damage" at the school, including smashing an overhead projector with a hammer.

Mr McCann said following the break-in, some people in the area managed to retrieve laptops as well as a steam washer and a generator.

"Obviously, I have called to the school to speak to the principal and staff and we will do whatever we can to help the school get over this terrible crime," he said.

He added: "The people that are involved in this are local."

Police said the car, which was found crashed at the school last Tuesday at 2.30am had been stolen in the university area at around 7.30pm the previous night.

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