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Bomb hoax at Holy Cross.

Byline: MIRROR REPORTER

HOLY Cross children faced yet another ordeal on their first day back when a hoax bomb was left at their school.

The caretaker at the North Belfast primary alerted police after finding a suspicious device on the gates.

Some children burst into tears as police diverted them away and Army bomb experts arrived.

Primary one children had been due to spend an hour in the school but had to be sent home.

And later a hoax bomb telephone warning was made to the school.

Holy Cross was the scene of violent protests in 2001 when loyalist residents objected to Catholic children being walked to school through a small Protestant area.

The children had to be escorted each day by police and troops and were subjected to vicious physical attacks, including having pipe bombs thrown at them.

Chairman of the Board of Governors, Fr Aiden Troy, said: "We hoped that these sort of incidents were in the past.

"It is a disgusting way to treat little girls, some of whom are only four years old and already nervous about starting school.

"It is a disappointing start to the year and the overwhelming feeling is one of great disappointment."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 2, 2003
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