Childcare facility to stay closed after raid
MORE than 20 children who use a Dublin after-school facility have been left without the service this week following a break-in at the weekend.
Gardai are investigating the raid, which happened between 5am and midday on Saturday and has led to the temporary closure of the D7 after-school premises in Cabra.
The damage caused means the facility is unsafe for children because two windows and a door were broken.
The centre is not expected to reopen until tomorrow.
Gardai said a projector, phone and camera were stolen, but the criminals missed a cash box, TV, computer console and games, an iPad, DVD player and laptop.
Tammy Weldon, who runs the business, told the Herald she believes the raiders were spooked by the alarm went off and ended up leaving with relatively little.
"The alarm went off and they tried to pull it off the wall," said Ms Weldon. "It seems they fled in a hurry and jumped over a wall because a camera they stole was located in this area."
She said the fact all doors were locked from the inside made it harder for the raiders, who were armed with a hammer.