School closes after lead theft causes ceiling collapse

Collapsed ceiling at Priestsic Primary School A full survey of the building will be needed before the school can reopen

A Nottinghamshire school has been forced to close after a ceiling collapsed when thieves stripped lead from the roof.

A large section of the ceiling came down in a classroom at Priestsic Primary School in Sutton-in-Ashfield at about 03:00 BST on Friday.

About 500 children have been told to stay home while the building is inspected.

The theft also led to flood damage inside the building.

Head teacher Tracey Wilson said the area affected was a carpet play area for five-year-olds.

"We are very relieved it happened in the middle of the night and not at nine o'clock when the children were here.

"We have a local company making it safe for the time being but then we'll have the local authority arrive to have a look to make sure the rest of the building is safe to open, hopefully next week."

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