The Police in Coleraine are appealing for information following two reports of criminal damage to properties within the town over the weekend.
Constable King said:
“Sometime between Saturday 6th July and Sunday 7th July, it was reported that entry was gained to the rear of a derelict building at the Carthall Road area. It was reported that a number of windows were damaged and a small fire was set alight in which furniture was burnt. It was also reported the lock of the door to enter the property was damaged and security grills from the windows were removed.
“We are also investigating a report of criminal damage at a school at the Beresford Avenue area sometime between Friday 5th July and 10:45am on Monday 8th July. It was reported that a number of windows were damaged at the property.
“As the school holidays are underway, we would ask young people not to engage in anti-social behaviour which has a negative impact on both the properties targeted and the wider community.
“Attacks on schools can range from criminal damage to graffiti, leading to arson and vandalism. Those pupils and teachers directly targeted with attacks on both their workplace and schools do not deserve to see their facilities damaged.
“We would also appeal to schools to make sure that essential crime prevention measures are in place. Make sure that properties are locked, with windows and doors secured. The installation of a security system for the property to detect individuals involved in criminal activity should be considered.
“Anyone who witnessed this type of offence should contact police on 101. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”