Youth arrested after about ?5,000 damage in school break-in

A 17-year old youth has been arrested after about ?5,000 damage was estimated that could have been caused in another school break-in.

Police named Christopher Wink as having been charged with burglary at Bayside School between Sunday and Monday. "Entry was forcibly gained," said a Police spokesman.

Wink is currently on bail facing charges for burglary at two other schools.

A Police statement says that between late evening on Sunday 3rd February and 0730hrs on Monday 4th February, a burglary occurred at Bayside Comprehensive School. Entry was forcibly gained into the science laboratories, workshops, admin area and 10 classrooms. Extensive damage was caused in the process which the police estimate could run in the region of ?5,000. Small amounts of monies and electronic equipment were reported stolen.

This is the second break-in suffered by the school within the last fortnight.

Acting on information received, detectives of the RGP Criminal Investigation Department yesterday arrested Christopher Wink, born in August 1990,for this burglary. He is unemployed.

At the time of arrest Wink was found to be in possession of controlled drugs namely a small amount of Cannabis Resin and some tablets the identity of which have to be confirmed, said Police.

He was also in breach of a curfew imposed by the Magistrates Court; he is also currently on court bail facing charges of burglary at two other schools.

Wink has been charged with the burglary at Bayside School and has been kept in police custody pending his court appearance today.

"This morning?s events caused some disruption at school as crime scene investigators searched for clues and evidence. Some of the monies and electronic equipment have been recovered after search warrants were executed during the course of the investigation," the Police added.

* It is believed that as the investigations proceeded, children had to gather in the school courtyard. They started to leave school as the day progressed.