The police have issued an apology to a Lisburn primary school after an appeal for information was posted on social media and stressed that the ongoing investigation was not related to crimes of a sexual nature.
Earlier this week, an appeal appeared on the PSNI Lisburn Facebook page, asking for help in tracing staff who worked at St Joseph’s Primary School between 1990 and 1996.
The school said they were “taken by surprise” by the appeal and the police have now removed the post and issued an apology.
A police spokesperson said: “We would stress that this investigation does not relate to any offences of a sexual nature nor does it involve any current staff or pupils.
“The post has now been removed and PSNI accept that while some enquiries had been initiated with the school, upon reflection our intent to issue an appeal via Facebook should have been made clear to the school authorities prior to the post appearing and failure to do so was an oversight on our part for which we have now apologised to the school.
“We would once again emphasise the police investigation does not relate to any offences of a sexual nature and we extend our apologies to the school, it’s staff and pupils for any concern or confusion caused.
“We have advised the school of their right to contact the Office of the Police Ombudsman if they wish to do so and as such it would be inappropriate to comment any further on this ongoing enquiry at this time.”