Lunn appalled at primary school security alert

Alliance Justice spokesperson Trevor Lunn MLA has said he is “appalled” after a primary school in West Belfast was evacuated due to a hoax device nearby.

Pupils were moved from St Paul’s Primary School in the Beechmount area on their first day back after a suspicious package was found in Beechmount Crescent. It has since been declared a hoax.

“I cannot believe someone would stoop as low as to leave a hoax device so close to a primary school,” said Mr Lunn.

“The pupils should have been enjoying the first day of the new school year and instead they were evacuated, which no doubt was a traumatic experience for them.

“Although the suspicious package was a hoax device, the effect and disruption are the same as if it had been a viable device. I utterly condemn the actions of those responsible for this absolutely appalling incident.

“The people behind this must be found and taken off the streets immediately. I would urge anyone with information on this matter to contact police.”

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