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Arsonists who torched school ‘attacked own community’

The burst at Newtownabbey Community High in the sprawling Rathcoole home was accounted for to police on Saturday evening.

It is comprehended classrooms were harmed and hardware stolen.

Censuring the episode, neighborhood UUP councilor John Scott said he was enraged and baffled.

“I was incredibly disheartened and irate to discover that the old Newtownabbey Community High School site was severely harmed in a torching assault on Saturday.

“Those dependable have assaulted their own particular group and denied their own kin access to a group resource.

“Neighborhood individuals will share my outrage and dissatisfaction at this silly demonstration.”

North Belfast Ulster Unionist representative Robert Foster likewise hit out at what he depicted as a “silly demonstration”.

“For quite a while the Ulster Unionist Party has been squeezing the Education Authority to permit the nearby Rathcoole people group to make utilization of the premises until the Education Authority chooses what the site ought to be utilized for in the more extended term,” he said.

“Had this game-plan been tailed, we may have maintained a strategic distance from the present situation whereby hostile to social components have figured out how to pulverize the office.

“My inclination is one of outright disappointment at the pointlessness of this demonstration.”

The previous evening police in Newtownabbey bid for data regarding the pyromania assault.

Sergeant Adrian Keon stated: “Police got reports soon after 4.15pm of a fire at the site of the previous school and went to the scene alongside the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service. Broad harm was caused to a portion of the mobiles, and some building hardware was stolen by the culprits.

“I would claim that anybody with data contact Newtownabbey station on 101, citing reference 1003 17/06/17, or, in the event that they wish to stay unknown, the free philanthropy Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Initially opened as Hopefield Secondary Modern in the mid 1960s, Newtownabbey Community High School converged with Monkstown Community School in 2015 to frame Newtownabbey Community College.

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