Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Stolen plumbing sees school closed

Burglars broke in under cover of darkness and stripped piping from the school, also removing lead from the roof

A primary school will have to stay shut until the New Year after thieves stole plumbing and flooded the classrooms.

Burglars broke in under cover of darkness and stripped piping from the school, also removing lead from the roof.

The damage to the plumbing then caused water to flood the school's offices, classrooms and its main corridor and now means pupils will not be able to return to lessons until Monday January 7 at the earliest, the headteacher has said.

The break-in happened at Loxdale Primary School in Chapel Street in Bilston, West Midlands, overnight between Sunday and Monday. Repairs are under way but will take weeks to complete.

A Christmas party scheduled to take place at the school has now been accommodated at a nearby church hall, after the local vicar stepped in.

Meanwhile, PC Carole Wiggins, of West Midlands Police, said thieves had shown "complete disregard" for the consequences of their actions.

"Hundreds of children have had their education disrupted by these thieves, who were thinking about nothing more than their own financial gain," she said.

Headteacher Trish Scott said: "We are really sorry to inform parents that, due to the extent of the damage, the school will unfortunately need to remain closed until after the Christmas break.

"We'll be working hard over the next few weeks to get the repairs carried out as soon as possible and we're hopeful they will be completed in time for pupils to return to the school on January 7."

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