PSNI and a secondary school principal are appealing for information following criminal damage to an Enniskillen school in what is believed to be so-called "leaving pranks".

The damage occurred at the Lough Shore site of Enniskillen Royal Grammar School and it is understood that up to 20 young people were involved.

A PSNI spokesperson said: "Police are appealing for information and witnesses following a report of criminal damage at a school on Lough Shore Road, Enniskillen.

"Officers were notified that up to 20 young people were within the school grounds around 1am on Wednesday, May 4. Some had their faces covered."

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It is understood that a number of buildings were spray painted with black spray paint. Some buildings on the school site date hundreds of years while others are more recent.

The PSNI spokesperson continued: "Police attended and found that damage had been caused to several buildings with black spray paint, a fence was damaged and a metal chain securing a gate had been cut open."

"Enquiries are continuing, and police are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activity, or have any information which could assist with the investigation, to contact police on the non-emergency number 101, and quote reference number 52 of 04/05/22."

In a statement released to The Impartial Reporter, ERGS principal Miss Armstrong said: "We are co-operating fully with the police who are actively investigating this incident. It is crucial that a clear message is sent to our school community that wanton damage to property is not to be tolerated or excused as what can, in some quarters, be very wrongly characterised as leaving ‘pranks'.

"We join with the police in appealing for any information which could assist in their investigation. Please contact us at school or the police on the non-emergency number of 101 and quote the reference number 52 of 04/05/22."

She continued and said: "While it is important to call out this unacceptable behaviour in a spirit of openness and transparency, it is equally important to say that we are looking forward very much to celebrating the many positive achievements and contributions of our Year 14 cohort at our Class of 22 Celebrations at the end of June when their Advanced Level examinations are over."

Miss Armstrong concluded: "We wish them and all our pupils taking both public and internal school examinations every success this term."