School targeted in second burglary in a fortnight

School targeted in second burglary in a fortnight

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017
A secondary school in West Clare has been forced to send students home for the day following a second burglary at the premises in just a fortnight.
Management at St Joseph’s Secondary School in Spanish Point had to turn pupils away this morning while Garda crime scene technicians carried out a forensic examination of the building.
It was the second time in less than two weeks that the school was targeted by thieves.
In the latest incident, considerable damage was caused to the doors of several offices and a store room and while management say it’s not immediately clear whether anything was stolen, they said “there was nothing for them to take”.
School principal Mary Crawford said it appeared the same modus operandi was used in this incident and that despite the disruption for students, they had no choice but to close the school today so that Gardaí could carry out their work.
On May 13th, burglars cut telephone cables to deactivate the security alarm before removing a window to gain entry to the school. On that occasion thieves got away with two locked safes containing a substantial amount of money including cash raised for a charity in Thailand.
Repair works are being carried out today and the school is expected to reopen tomorrow.
Gardaí at Ennistymon are investigating the incident and anyone with information is asked to contact them there at 065 7072180.
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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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