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Playgroup sex attack suspect arrested

A suspect has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault at a playgroup.

St Padarn's Playgroup in Aberystwyth, Mid Wales, has been closed pending further investigation and police said this would be reviewed on a daily basis.

The playgroup is registered by the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW), Dyfed Powys police said.

The individual under suspicion has been released on bail.

In a joint statement, Dyfed Powys police and Ceredigion Local Safeguarding Children's Board said: “A multi-agency meeting has been held, in line with Government guidance.

“The playgroup has temporarily closed pending further investigation and this will be reviewed daily.

“Ceredigion Social Services is making staff available to offer help and support to families via the contact centre.

“Dyfed Powys Police take any allegation of this kind seriously and have specially trained officers to deal with any victims and any alleged offenders.”

Keith Evans, leader of Ceredigion County Council, said the allegations were something “you hope never happens in your community”.

He said: “It's very disappointing for anybody to hear about such an incident. It is an allegation at this time and police are investigating so we have to await the outcome of that.

“If the allegations are correct it is the kind of thing you hope never happens in your community.”

He added the playgroup was privately owned, rather than run by the council, but said: “Social services are engaging the relevant parties to extend any help they can because it is very dramatic for the parents.

“We have provided a contact number so people can contact the local authorities to find other facilities.

“We are not directly involved with the management but are there to offer our assistance to the electorate of the county.

“This is naturally very disappointing, it is difficult to put into words.

“But we must not forget it is an allegation that might be unfounded so we must wait for the outcome of the investigation before jumping to any conclusions.”

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