Pipebombs left outside two Antrim Schools.

#1
BBC News - School evacuated after boy picks up 'pipe bomb'

A primary school has been cordoned off in Antrim after a suspected pipe bomb was found by an eight-year-old pupil.

Brendan Shannon, 8, from St Comgall's Primary School lifted what police have confirmed was a viable device and brought it into the classroom.

Police were called and 400 children were moved from St Comgall's Primary School on the Ballymena Road to a nearby church hall.

There was a second alert at St Joseph's Primary School in Antrim.

It followed a telephone warning to a local media outlet. Nothing was found.

Both alerts have now ended.

Brendan Shannon said he found what looked like a "golden pipe thing" in the playground at St Comgall's when he arrived for school.

"I just got off my bike and just touched it to see if it was okay," he said.

"Then I just lifted it up."

Brendan's father, Gerard, said the consequences could have been very serious.

"I was very worried and very scared when I heard that my son had gone out into the playground, saw something and lifted it up. I am trying not to think of what the consequences could have been."

St Comgall's headteacher Hilary Cush said he was outraged that an explosive device should be left for children to find.

A viable explosive device was found at St Comgall's Primary School

"It's absolutely crazy. It's unbelievable that innocent children should be caught up in something like this," he said.

A search of St Joseph's at Greystone Road began at about 1030 BST. Pupils, including a nursery section, were moved to a nearby parish hall.

PSNI Chief Inspector Simon Walls area commander for the district has condemned those responsible for the alerts.

"I cannot express enough my disgust at the cowards involved in these alerts today.

"To target the general public is never acceptable by any means but to take away the secure feelings of innocent children and to put them at risk like this is beyond despicable.

"It is by sheer good fortune that we are not dealing with a severely injured child right now."

SDLP South Antrim MLA Thomas Burns said: "There is obviously a group which is determined to cause mayhem in our town with these regular pipe bomb incidents, and until we know otherwise, we have to operate on the basis that they are prepared to cause murder as well.

"This is an attack on our whole community and the whole community must respond by working with our community policing service."

Sinn Féin MLA for South Antrim, Mitchel McLaughlin said those who left the device showed a total disregard for the children's safety.

"We could have been dealing with unbearable tragedy today if this device had gone off," he said.

"Schools are considered by everyone to be sacrosanct and a place where children can feel safe and secure.

"To remove this sense of safety is deplorable and anyone who has any information about those responsible for this despicable attack must bring it forward to the PSNI."
 
#3
I know 'show and tell' in schools are competitive sports but this is ridiculous.

On a serious note leaving pipebombs in school playgrounds will not I believe have the desired effect for the perpetrators. They must be mad to think otherwise. I reckon there must be a side story, that we are not aware of, to this. Pretty traumatic for the child and parents.
 
#4
I know 'show and tell' in schools are competitive sports but this is ridiculous.

On a serious note leaving pipebombs in school playgrounds will not I believe have the desired effect for the perpetrators. They must be mad to think otherwise. I reckon there must be a side story, that we are not aware of, to this. Pretty traumatic for the child and parents.
I think for some fucked up reason they're left there, to be disposed off. Complete ******* behind this and I wouldn't be suprised if it was a so called Loyalist grouping going by the name of the Real UFF (how original).
 
#5
It was bound to happen. And in targetting a school they've gone straight for the bottom of the barrel.
 
#7
The poor wee kids in Lurgan injured was a Dizzie Blue on Blue incident. They tried to draw Robert in but he was too smart. My gut instinct is that some idiot Loyalist group were behind todays awful activities. It is a very sad state of affairs. The Coffee Jar blast devices and cr@p used here during the Holy Cross School Mexican standoff by Uber Prods was equally awful. My gut reaction is that it was elements of the thicko 1690 Brigade. As much as I hate the DR I can't see them leaving 2 devices in Roman Catholic Schools for P1 to P7 pupils. I stand to be corrected but hopefully after the ATO & SOCO file reports then it may be in the public domain.
 
#8
The poor wee kids in Lurgan injured was a Dizzie Blue on Blue incident. They tried to draw Robert in but he was too smart. My gut instinct is that some idiot Loyalist group were behind todays awful activities. It is a very sad state of affairs. The Coffee Jar blast devices and cr@p used here during the Holy Cross School Mexican standoff by Uber Prods was equally awful. My gut reaction is that it was elements of the thicko 1690 Brigade. As much as I hate the DR I can't see them leaving 2 devices in Roman Catholic Schools for P1 to P7 pupils. I stand to be corrected but hopefully after the ATO & SOCO file reports then it may be in the public domain.
There was a phone warning for the hoax at the second school, so surely there must have been a codeword to identify the Real UFF as the NI local government are claiming the Real UFF.

******* idiots on a grand scale.
 

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Of course it was the prods. Too thick to come up with a new random three letter acronym (which will be easy to remember and spray on walls). A primary school, 'left there to be disposed of' Aw just F**k away off. That's a disgrace and once the window lickers in the 'Real' Ulster Freedom Fighters start lining up to inform on one another (for the money and protection of Special Branch) who next Continuity Ulster Freedom Fighters? If they could spell it.
 
#10
Of course it was the prods. Too thick to come up with a new random three letter acronym (which will be easy to remember and spray on walls). A primary school, 'left there to be disposed of' Aw just F**k away off. That's a disgrace and once the window lickers in the 'Real' Ulster Freedom Fighters start lining up to inform on one another (for the money and protection of Special Branch) who next Continuity Ulster Freedom Fighters? If they could spell it.
Skid it happened before at my nephews school, only there was no fuses attached to the copper piping thingy. Thats why I said that as I didn't know it had been left in the playground.

Hence why latter on I called them "******* idiots on a grandscale".
I can't understand what they aim to achieve at a time when 99% of loyalists don't feel any threat to the Union or their communities, hence the UVF and UDA decommisioning.
 
#11
The whole RUFF thing is deliberate FFS.

Immediately after the Masserene shootings I'd posted that while I didn't want a return to the old forms of policing, we'd need to see some high profile arrests or other action from the PSNI or some numpty on the other side of the fence would deploy the Black & Decker or a converted firework and claim that they're "doing something because nobody else is". I'm surprised it's taken as long as it has to be honest, although I do recall the RUFF moniker having been mentioned before on the news in relation to something else, only heard it the once though.
 
#12
The whole RUFF thing is deliberate FFS.

Immediately after the Masserene shootings I'd posted that while I didn't want a return to the old forms of policing, we'd need to see some high profile arrests or other action from the PSNI or some numpty on the other side of the fence would deploy the Black & Decker or a converted firework and claim that they're "doing something because nobody else is". I'm surprised it's taken as long as it has to be honest, although I do recall the RUFF moniker having been mentioned before on the news in relation to something else, only heard it the once though.
They done a page 3 spread in a newspaper about a year ago, flashing some flags and a couple of AK's, claiming they were going to take the war to the dissidents. Well **** the RIRA must be recruiting pretty ******* young then.
 

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