Letter to Tobermore school 'contained a bullet'

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Image caption Police have appealed for anyone with information to come forward

Police are investigating a letter sent to a primary school in County Londonderry that is reported to have contained a bullet.

The letter is said to have arrived at Tobermore Primary School on Tuesday.

Education Minister John O'Dowd said he "condemned utterly any attempt to intimidate or bully schoolchildren".

A police spokesperson said they were "aware of a letter sent to a primary school in Tobermore" and were treating it as a hate crime.

The police added: "While we do not discuss the security of individuals, police would never ignore anything that would put anyone at risk."

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Image caption John O'Dowd condemned "any attempt to intimidate or bully schoolchildren"

The education minister said: "I have been made aware of an incident at Tobermore Primary School.

"I condemn utterly any attempt to intimidate or bully schoolchildren.

"There is no justification whatsoever for such behaviour. I urge anyone in the local community who has information about the incident to contact the PSNI."

DUP councillor Anne Forde said: "It has been identified that the package contained a bullet.

"The school told me that it did not concern any of the pupils at the school.

"It's a very concerning time for parents. I totally and utterly condemn the incident."

'Absolutely deplorable'

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Media captionUlster Unionist MLA Sandra Overend said it was 'absolute madness'

Ulster Unionist MLA Sandra Overend said "sectarianism is certainly a possibility".

She added: "This is a school of all religions and all races and for the school to be going through this is absolutely deplorable.

"This must be something to do with a family that sent their children to this school and whatever the reason is, they shouldn't be discriminated against in any way.

"I would like to commend the school. I have spoken to the chief executive of the board and he assured me that the pupils and staff are made to feel comfortable."