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St Athan Primary School pupils sent home after suspicious item found on grounds

 

Pupils at St Athan Primary School were sent home this morning, after a suspicious item was found on school grounds.

In a text sent at 11:28am to parents and seen by Bro Radio, the school told them “A suspicious item has been found on school grounds. Police are paying a precautionary visit and are in charge of the situation. No risk to children currently but we will update you when the police tell us more.”

“As a precautionary measure we are asking parents to collect their children as soon as possible to allow police vehicles clear and access to the school. No risk to children but we feel happier if children are not on site.”

A spokesperson for South Wales Police told Bro Radio “At approximately 10.20am today, police were called to St Athan Primary School following the discovery of a suspected an old military explosive.”

“Bomb disposal experts attended and confirmed that the item was not live. As a precaution, a cordon was put in place while enquiries were carried out.”

A spokesperson for the Vale of Glamorgan Council said: “St Athan Primary School was closed to pupils as a precautionary measure and to enable access for South Wales Police to investigate what is suspected to be an old military explosive that had been found in the school grounds.”

“A risk assessment was undertaken and determined there was no risk to pupils, staff or anyone in the local area, however, the decision was taken in the interests of pupils’ wellbeing and to avoid traffic congestion nearby while bomb disposal experts attended the site.” 

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