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School closed after metal theft

Head teacher Matt Freeston
Mr Freeston said some pupils had been turning up at the gates

A Derbyshire school has had to close temporarily after thieves stole lead from its roof.

Metal was stolen from the Anthony Beck primary school at New Houghton, near Mansfield, last week. The school then flooded during heavy rain on Monday.

Head teacher Matt Freeston said the damage is expected to cost the school thousands of pounds.

He said it was hoped that the school building will reopen to its 157 pupils on Monday.

"It was like a waterfall coming into the classroom [on Monday] and the ceiling tiles came crashing to the floor landing on teachers' desks," Mr Freeston said.

"The school has come to a standstill. There are children who are sat at home who would like to be at school.

"It is really, really sad for the children. We've had some turn up at the gate today desperate to come into school."

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