A teenager has been arrested in connection with a burglary at a nursery in Portsmouth.

Thousands of pounds worth of damage has been caused at Arundel Court Primary Academy and Nursery, following a break-in overnight between 24th-25th February.

Staff walked into the nursery section of the school to find paint had been poured over toys and soft furnishings.

The school's Headteacher, Karen Stocks, has since sent a letter to parents and carers, thanking them for their words of support and offers to help clean up.

She says the school is organising industrial cleaners to remove the damage, while carpets are torn up and toys are thrown away.

A temporary space has been set up in the small hall of the school, to allow children to continue attending nursery until further notice.

Writing on social media, Nursery Manager, Mrs Venugopal, described the incident as the 'worst day' in her teaching career, but has been 'overwhelmed' with the response from parents, carers and the community.

Credit: Arundel Court Primary Academy

Hampshire Police says it attended the school and met with staff who confirmed that there had also been another break-in overnight on February 17th.

Damage was caused inside and some items were stolen.

A 14-year-old boy, from Portsmouth remains in custody on suspicion of two burglaries.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting 44200071241.