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PSNI aware of video that emerged after school blaze

Eight mobile classrooms burned down
Connla Young

The PSNI have said they are aware of a video that emerged after a blaze at a Co Tyrone school at the weekend.

It has been claimed the short clip shows two youths inside a burning St Patrick's Academy in Dungannon at the weekend.

Eight mobile classrooms were torched at the school shortly after 8pm on Sunday.

Police have said they are treating the blaze as arson.

The video appears to show two youths being filmed as the fire rages just feet away.

More than 40 firefighters were involved in tackling the inferno.

A PSNI spokeswoman last night said: “Police are aware of a video on a social media site. Enquiries are ongoing.”

St Patrick's is due to move into new premises next month and people living nearby had received a letter to say the old building was to be demolished via a controlled explosion.

Local SDLP councillor Denise Mullen said the old school building “holds a lot of memories” for former pupils.

“It is just terrible that it has been vandalised like that for such a progressive school that produces some amazing students,” she said.

Independent councillor Barry Monteith last night said the fire was “very shocking”.

“We are very lucky there was not a far more serious incident,” he said.

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