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'No risk to the public' as police deal with incident near Flint school

North Wales Police have said there is 'no risk' to the public, as they deal with reports of a man 'acting aggressively' near a school in Flint.

St Mary's Catholic School will remain closed all day. Credit: Google Maps

Officers were called to Maes Alaw just after 7am today following the reports, which has led to the closure of St Mary's Primary School.

We have trained negotiators at the scene who are working to resolve the situation.

We have evacuated neighbours and closed the road to make it easier for us to engage with the individual.

However, I would like to stress that there is no danger to the wider public or pupils at nearby schools.

There are no other members of the public involved in this incident.

I would like to thank the public for their patience and understanding as we continue our efforts to bring the matter to a successful conclusion and we will continue to keep the public updated.

– CI Simon Barrasford, North Wales Police

'Major police incident' closes Flintshire school

A primary school in Flint has been closed due to a 'major police incident', Flintshire County Council have said.

St Mary's Catholic School is closed all day due to a 'major police incident'. Credit: Google Maps

The Head Teacher of St Mary's Catholic School has made the decision to go ahead with the closure to ensure the safety of the school children.

The Council website say a police presence remains outside the school gates.

There are no reports of other school closures in the area.

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Labour staying positive about Westminster seats

Credit: Labour Party

Labour sources are pointing out that both Merthyr Tydfil and Blaenau Gwent councils haven't been solid bastions for the party in recent years. Both were only won back from the independents in 2012 and reports from both counts suggest that those results could be reversed tonight.

It certainly makes it impossible to extrapolate anything about what will happen in the Westminster election in those areas from the local results. On the other hand, Labour take encouragement from the result in Flintshire, where the Tories are expected to challenge hard for the county's two constituencies next month.

Nevertheless, last week's YouGov poll for ITV Wales showed Labour narrowly in the lead when people were asked how they would vote in the local elections -and 10 points behind the Conservatives when it came to the General Election.

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