Entrances to St Cyres School, Penarth, are now being patrolled by police and school staff.

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.

Dr Jonathan Hicks headmaster of St Cyres School

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.”

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  1. Funnily enough I don’t find a police presence reassuring. It says to me that the problem has NOT been sorted out and there is more to do to resolve the problem.

  2. Racist Mark (aka Mark Foster) says:

    For a start, will the VOGC and police do their public duty and provide a description of the offensive weapon and the race and religion of the offenders and where they came from?

  3. Boredben says:

    Why is it their public duty to provide a description of their race or religion? What is the relevance Racist Mark?

  4. Racist Mark (aka Mark Foster) says:

    To quote Steve Bannon, “Wear your racism with pride”.

    Tolouse le 18 septembre 2018. Vos arguments sont stupides, n’est-ce pas, Christophe? The French Police asked people not to show this video, just like Alun Michael would. Coming to Penarth in the not too distant future, unless you get rid of the Labour and Tory parties.


  5. LJS says:

    We Penarthians suffering from lots of youth antisocial behaviour at present. Lots of youngsters smoking weed and drinking in various places. Late night noise. Motorbikes with no numberplates being ridden on pavements and road. Gangs carrying knives. Cars driven at stupid speeds. This just in the Victoria Road area. Very little police interest when reported. Penarth becoming not such a beautiful place in which to live.

    • Peter King says:

      Really? I must be leading a sheltered life. I’ve not been aware of any of this.

      • Frank Evans says:

        Yes. Sheltered housing can make you very isolated. Why not meet up with Andrew and have a chat about the good old days.

  6. Jack Cohen says:

    Very nice kids we have nowadays.
    Some say we need to protect them, some also say we need protecting from them!

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