LEAD has been stolen from a primary school roof for the second time in less than a year.

Cogan Primary School was targeted by thieves sometime overnight between Wednesday (March 15) and Thursday (March 16).

In April last year, £5000 worth of lead was taken during the Easter holidays as a result of which some exercise books were damaged by rainwater.

It is not yet known much the latest theft has cost the school.

Head teacher, Susan Sibert said it was "absolutely terrible" that the school had been targeted again particularly at a time when budgets are tight.

"It looks very similar to last time. They came in over the back and got up on a ladder," she said.

"There was one roof left with lead on. It is terrible to have to deal with this again."

She said that efforts were underway to make sure the building is water tight.

The school caretaker had spotted the damage and Mrs Sibert said it was lucky he was so vigilant and spotted something on the floor before looking up and discovering what had happened.

"We are absolutely devastated. It is very sad and not good at all," said Mrs Sibert.

A spokeswoman for South Wales Police confirmed they received a report from Cogan Primary School of a metal theft shortly before 9am on Thursday, March 16. The matter is currently being investigated.

Anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the area in the days prior to the theft being discovered is asked to contact South Wales Police via 101, quoting reference 1700099270.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.