PUPILS of a Caerphilly primary school have lost £3000 worth of equipment in a burglary.

The break-in happened at Twyn School, Caerphilly in the early hours of Sunday, January 10 when a boarded up window was pushed through.

Two iPad minis, an Apple Mac, two laptop computers, a camera and a Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal tin were snatched by the burglars, who also smashed cupboards with sledgehammers and stole an empty school safe.

Head teacher Lee Thomas said: “I’m devastated that people have entered the school, smashed things up and have been in the school for such a long time.

“They came in through a very small 25cm by 40cm space in one of the windows and showed complete disregard for the school and its pupils.

“The fact that they took a poppy appeal tin is also disgusting.”

The school previously suffered an attempted burglary on Thursday, January 7, but entry was not gained.

Dave Birnie, a former chairman of the Royal British Legion Caerphilly branch, said: “It is a sad world we live in when people steal charity money.

“My children went to that school and it is such a shame that people have come in and violated that environment."

Mr Birnie made a promise that he will make a donation to the charity on the school's behalf to make up for the stolen collection money.

Gwent police are investigating the incident and are appealing to the public for any information.

Caerphilly crime and disorder reduction officer, PC Stuart Lewis, said: “This crime will certainly have had an impact on the school pupils as valuable teaching equipment has been stolen which will ultimately affect lessons."

Mr Thomas added: “We have no plans for fundraising at the moment and we’re just letting the police get on with their job.

“Two of the pieces of stolen equipment were owned by teachers and we still have a lot of technology so the loss hasn’t affected the children’s learning at the moment.

“However everything is on lockdown now and we are just very security conscious.”

Anyone with any information should contact Gwent Police on 101, quoting log 116 10/1/16 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.