OFFICIALS from a Colne primary school are counting the cost of their fifth break-in over the past two years.

Overnight on November 11, thieves broke into the offices on Red Lane and stole laptops, money from a Poppy Appeal collection and also cash.

John Robertshaw, who has been headteacher at the school for 13 years, said: "This is the fifth break-in and each time thousands of pounds worth of damage is caused.

"This time we are going to really struggle to afford to repair the damage and replace missing equipment.

"We don’t keep cash in school but there was a couple of hundred pounds or some from the recent Poppy Appeal collection which was also taken.

"Amongst all the challenges we have faced this year it is so upsetting to have to deal with this as well.

"They have come in one door to get in the office and took some loose change and two or three laptops.

"They were being left for our IT department to do some work on them.

"To us they may be worth £400-£500 to us but they can only get £15 at the most for parts as they are all securely locked that they cannot be used."

Mr Robertshaw added that he has heard reports from other headteachers of some other thefts in East Lancashire.

"We are not the only ones who have been broken into.

"Our parents have put together a Gofundme page to try to raise money for the repairs and damage.

"We are going to get new doors and also look at how we are doing things in the office to stop it happening again and make it harder for people to break-in.

"We have to stop them making us easy pickings."

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: "The incident has been reported and we are investigating.

"Anyone with information can contact us on 101 quoting log 0062 of November 12th."

If you would like to donate to the parent's appeal for funds to help the school then check out the web-site: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/sacredheartcolne