Security alert closes Northern Ireland primary school
Police have evacuated a primary school in Northern Ireland because of a security alert. http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/security-alert-closes-northern-ireland-primary-school-36097566.html
Police have evacuated a primary school in Northern Ireland because of a security alert. A suspicious object was found at the gates of St Paul’s Primary School, in Irvinestown, Co Fermanagh .
as parents were dropping off their children.
Condemning those responsible, Ulster Unionist MLA Rosemary Barton said: “It is disgraceful in today s society that people want to put the lives of children at risk, or even disrupt their daily routine and education.
“The mindset of such individuals is something that is not wanted within our society, the community should not give any support to these people, indeed they should go further and report them to the authorities.”
UUP councillor Diana Armstrong said: “Sadly there have been a number of incidents in the Irvinestown area recently, I have no idea if they are all linked, but would encourage the public to support the police in these matters.
“I trust this matter will be dealt with as speedily as possible by the security services and that the children involved will not be traumatised.”
Drivers are advised local diversions are in place at Church Street and at the junction of Lisnarick Road and Tullylammy Road.
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A drunken plane-spotter was arrested just 65ft from Birmingham Airport s runway after scaling an 8ft perimeter fence for a better view of the aircraft. Aftab Ali downed two bottles of vodka before sparking a security alert by climbing over the barrier, which was topped with razor wire, at the height of the holiday season earlier this month. He was arrested only 20 metres short of the runway, where planes were taking off and landing, and told police the fence was in his way and blocking his view.
The 23-year-old, of Witton Road, Aston, appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court to admit a charge under the Aviation Security Act of entering a security restricted area without authority. He was fined 300, with 115 costs, after the court heard the offence did not carry a prison term. Ed Counsell, prosecuting, said police were alerted at 9.20am on August 12.
There are signs clearly stating it s a restricted area and the fence also indicates that, he said.
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He had injuries to his hands and legs from climbing the fence which had barbed wire on the top.
He was clearly drunk, and laughing, saying: I want to see the planes .
After being taken to a police station, Ali told officers he had finished a nightshift and drunk two bottles of vodka.
He said he was lying on the grass mound next to the perimeter fence but decided the fence was spoiling his view so climbed over it but then fell over, Mr Counsell said. Ash Mistry, defending, said Ali had drunk a lot of alcohol in a short space of time .
He then decided to go and watch the planes but, in his intoxicated state, decided to climb the permimeter fence, he said.
It was 8ft tall and had razor wire at the top and, consequently, he suffered cuts to his legs and hands. Magistrates told Ali that his actions could have had extremely serious consequences for passengers if planes had needed to be diverted.
Asked after the hearing whether the alert had triggered a security upgrade at the airport s perimeter, a spokeswoman said the area was compliant with requirements set out by the Department for Transport .
She said: We can confirm that a man was apprehended in accordance with Birmingham Airport s security surveillance.
At no time was he close to any aeroplanes, passengers or infrastructure.
Passengers are reportedly being kept on their flights due to the incident. A spokesperson for the airport said that it was a police incident.
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