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Teen girl arrested after teachers and pupil stabbed at a Welsh school

The three victims were expected to survive their wounds after being taken to a hospital following the attack at Amman Valley School in Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, Dyfed-Powys Police said

AP/PTI, Reuters London Published 25.04.24, 09:55 AM
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A teenage girl was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder on Wednesday after stabbing a student and two teachers at a secondary school in Wales, police said.

The three victims were expected to survive their wounds after being taken to a hospital following the attack at Amman Valley School in Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, Dyfed-Powys Police said.

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“A teenage girl has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and currently remains in police custody,” police Superintendent Ross Evans said. A knife was recovered from the scene.

Evans didn’t disclose details of what happened or provide any information about the suspect. But he said the incident was over and the children had left the school.

Jonathan Edwards, an independent MP from the area, said that a student was stabbed and the teachers were wounded when they tried to intervene.

Edwards said that one teacher was treated for injuries to the arm and hand and the other was transferred to a hospital in Cardiff for more serious injuries.

“It is a huge shock, isn’t it really?” Edwards told Channel 5 News. “I’d never think that anything like this could possibly happen in Carmarthenshire, in the Amman Valley where I am from. I can’t recall anything like this ever happening in Wales before.”

School parent Charlotte Rogers, who was waiting outside the school for the lockdown to be lifted, said her daughter had been able to contact her about the attack and said she was scared.

“She’s a tough cookie so fingers crossed,” Charlotte Rogers said. “I just want to give her a big hug. I just want everyone to be safe. This shouldn’t have happened.”

Vaughan Gething, first minister of Wales, and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak both said on the social media platform X that they were shocked to learn of the attack, which was initially referred to by police as a “major incident”.

Patrick Roach, general secretary of the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers, said that it was “extremely distressing” to hear about the attack.

“No teacher should have to fear being assaulted at work and everything that can be done must be done to ensure the safety of staff and pupils,” Roach said.

Australia arrests

Australian police arrested seven teenagers accused of following a violent extremist ideology in raids across Sydney on Wednesday to protect the community from a potential attack, officials said.

The seven, aged 15 to 17, were part of a network that included a 16-year-old boy accused of the stabbing of a bishop in a Sydney church on April 15, police said.

Five other teenagers were still being questioned late on Wednesday.

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