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Wednesday, November 11, 1998 Published at 13:45 GMT


School security cameras to stop drugs

Security cameras are intended to deter pushers

A grammar school in Northern Ireland is setting up surveillance cameras to protect pupils from drug dealers.

Limavady Grammar School is to install closed-circuit security cameras in response to fears that drug pushers have been targeting the school.

[ image: Cameras will be monitored by the school's staff]
Cameras will be monitored by the school's staff
The cameras, which will be monitored by staff at the school, are intended as a visible deterrent to anyone trying to sell drugs to students.

Dealers hanging around the entrance or parking cars outside the school will be put under observation, with the staff able to contact police if they identify suspicious behaviour.

The school's principal, Sam McGuinness, says that between four and nine security cameras will be set up around the school, at a cost expected to be in the region of £10,000.

It is a precautionary response to local concerns that dealers have been trying to sell drugs to pupils.

"We want to protect pupils in any way that we can and this might help to act as a deterrent," Mr McGuinness said.

The school, which has 900 pupils, publishes a strict anti-drugs policy stating that any use of illegal substances will be "severely dealt with".

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