A PRIMARY school will be closed for the rest of the week.

Essa Primary Academy, in Lever Edge Lane was originally closed on Monday due to the after-effects of a power cut in Great Lever.

Management at the school have now been advised by Electricity North West that it will be unsafe to open the school this week.

There are ongoing problems with water, heating and lighting.

The school is set to re-open next Monday.

Andrew Cooper, chief executive of the Essa Foundation Academies Trust, said: "Unfortunately we have been advised by NW Electricity that it is not going to be safe to re-open Essa Primary this week due to the ongoing lack of water, heating and lighting.

"We will re-open on Monday June 17 for all children."

Year Two and Year Six pupils, who are completing written work for their SATs have been allowed to use secondary school Essa Academy while the primary school is closed.

More than 1,000 homes were left without power over the weekend after thieves broke into an electricity substation in the early hours of Saturday morning.

£2 worth of copper was stolen from the substation by vandals, but the consequences of their actions were massive disruption hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage.

Power was restored to all homes at 4.50pm on Monday.