Antrim primary school closed

Belfast Live: An Antrim primary school has closed as an emergency measure after asbestos was found in the building. Nearly 800 primary and nursery school pupils attend St Joseph’s on Greystones Road, Stiles, which shut its doors on Monday. It may not reopen until after the summer break. A spokesperson for the Education Authority, confirmed there is asbestos in the school but it is not known yet whether it is unstable or can be safely removed. It was discovered during a routine building inspection. One dad who has two youngsters at St Joseph’s said: “We are very frightened our children have been put at terrible risk. I have one in the nursery and an other in the early school and when I look at them I’m terrified they’ve been breathing in asbestos. “We were told by the school that it had to close on Monday because of building work. But we’ve since found out from a local builder that a routine inspection uncovered asbestos and a specialist team will have to be brought in. Word has got out in the building community and that’s no way to find out …”