A schoolboy has been arrested on suspicion of “affray and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place” following an incident involving other youths outside St Cyres School on Redlands Road, Penarth
It’s understood that NONE of the pupils involved in the alleged affray are pupils at St Cyres.
The boy who has been arrested is 13-years-old and has been released on bail.
St Cyres headteacher Dr Jonathan Hicks has announced that police officers and St Cyres School Staff are now being stationed at the main school gate “for the foreseeable future”.
Parents first heard about the incident yesterday in a letter sent out by Dr Hicks who said “Please be assured that we are doing everything we can to prevent a repetition of such behaviour which involved youths who do not attend St Cyres School. We have met with the police and a strong staff and police presence will be at the main school gate for the foreseeable future.”
A South Wales Police spokeswoman said today : “We were called to Redlands Road on September 17, at around 2.50pm with reports of a disturbance. A 13-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of affray and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place. He has been released on police bail. Extra patrols are being carried out in the area to provide reassurance.”
The Vale of Glamorgan Council – which is the local education authority – has said “This is an extremely unusual incident, which did not involve any St Cyres pupils acting inappropriately, but one we are nonetheless taking extremely seriously as the safety of everyone who attends Vale of Glamorgan schools is of paramount importance. Steps have been taken to ensure such an episode will not be repeated. We have been in close contact with the police, who have agreed to provide extra security at the school gates, where they will be supported with a strong staff presence.”
The Vale Council emphasised that “there is no suggestion those responsible for this incident were part of St Cyres School and we will be looking into the circumstances surrounding it in an attempt to take appropriate action.”