Epping St John's school shut after 'major break-in'

The damage inside Epping St John's School
Image caption The newly-built Epping St John's School only opened in September

Burglars have "destroyed" a newly opened £18m school, leaving the head teacher in shock.

Staff and students at Epping St John's senior school only moved into the new building in September.

Doors were smashed and Apple iPad devices stolen during a burglary, reported at about 06:00 GMT.

Head teacher George Yerosimou, said: "We've been waiting 50 years for the new school to be built. Somebody has destroyed the wonderful thing we had."

He said efforts were still under way to establish exactly what had been taken during what he described as a "major break-in".

It is hoped the school will be able to reopen on Tuesday,

Essex Police said "significant damage" was caused.

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