Saturday 25 November 2017

Schoolboy (8) finds bomb in playground

Deric Henderson

AN eight-year-old boy found a pipe bomb lying in his primary school playground in the North yesterday.

Brendan Shannon then walked into St Comgall's Primary in Antrim and handed it over to one of the teachers.

Explosives experts were called in after the school's 400 pupils were told to stay away from the building.

Brendan's mother Siobhan Shannon, a nurse, said: "The people who left that device probably have kids of their own. Have they no conscience?"

The boy and his twin sister, Ciara, had arrived early on their bicycles to help deliver milk to classrooms when he noticed the device lying on top of a painted line close to the playground wall.

He said: "I didn't know what it was. It was like a pipe with a screw and some wires were hanging out of it. Somebody told me afterwards it was a pipe bomb."

Around the same time there was a telephone warning of another device at a second primary school in the town, St Joseph's.

The St Comgall's pupils were first taken to a nearby church hall before being sent home. Police said the people responsible for the alerts were cowardly criminals.

Mrs Shannon, a mother of three, said she was disgusted.

"He's lucky he is still around to tell the tale. It doesn't bear thinking about what could have happened. Putting innocent youngsters through all that is a disgrace," she said.

Irish Independent

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