Ysgol Dyffryn Aman: Two teachers and pupil stabbed at school in Ammanford

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A teenage girl has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after two teachers and a school pupil were stabbed in Carmarthenshire, police have confirmed.

A major incident was declared at Ysgol Dyffryn Aman in Ammanford on Wednesday, 24 April, with the school - also known locally as Amman Valley School - going into lockdown.

One teacher, Darrel Campbell, is said to have intervened and disarmed a girl before emergency services arrived, according to reports.

He is said to have not been harmed during the incident.

Police did not give the age of the arrested person, or those injured, but said those injured have not suffered life-threatening injuries.

Police say they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident, which they were alerted to around 11.20am.

In an update from Dyfed-Powys Police, Superintendent Ross Evans said: "Dyfed-Powys Police continue to investigate the serious incident that took place at Amman Valley School in Carmarthenshire this morning.

"We received a call just after 11.20am advising us people were injured following an incident at the school.

"Emergency services immediately attended, and the school was locked down for the safety of everyone on the premises.

"Two teachers and a teenage pupil were taken to hospital with stab wounds. Their injuries are not life-threatening.

"A teenage girl has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and currently remains in police custody.

"A knife has been recovered as evidence.

"I am aware that there is footage of the incident currently circulating on social media and would ask that this is removed to preserve the integrity of the ongoing investigation, and to avoid further distress to those involved.

"I would also ask that people do not speculate while there is a police investigation ongoing, and to refer to official channels for factual updates."

He said there will be an increased police presence in the coming days as the investigation continues.

He added: "I would like to reassure parents and the public that the incident has concluded, and pupils have now left the school.

“We are working with the school and other agencies to ensure appropriate support is available to all those involved.

“This was a very distressing incident, and our thoughts are with the victims, their family and everyone impacted by what has happened.

“We have set up a dedicated portal, and anyone with information that could help us with our investigation is asked to report it through this link to help police manage the volume of information coming in to us.

"Lastly, I would like to thank the whole community for their support and patience while police, emergency services, Carmarthenshire County Council and the school work through this distressing incident today and over the coming days."

An earlier statement on the school's website said the family members of all injured persons have been informed. A spokesperson said: "We would like to reassure parents and the public that the incident has been contained."

Pupils were released from the school from 3.20pm, with many greeted with tearful hugs from concerned parents who had been waiting outside.

The Wales Air Ambulance leaving the scene Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

A Wales Air Ambulance spokesperson confirmed that two crews were mobilised by air, from Dafen and Welshpool, and a Cardiff-based crew was sent by road.

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board confirmed it had received one casualty for treatment following the incident.

Emma Powell, a mum waiting outside the school, said: "My daughter rang me around 11:30am and screamed down the phone that someone had been stabbed… it’s a total shock, you don’t expect this in a small town in west Wales. So it’s just a total shock, because these types of things don’t happen around here.”

Concerned mum Rebecca, outside the school, told ITV Cymru Wales: "I’ve seen the blue lights, and I know we don’t blue light unless we have to and I’ve seen the air ambulance leave.

"They’re keeping the school on lockdown - code red as they’re calling it - and the police will be speaking to the classes individually, then take them to get their lunch, then take them back to their classrooms."

Concerned parents gather outside Ysgol Dyffryn Aman in Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, following reports of a stabbing Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Adele Skidmore, another concerned mum, said: "My daughter has phoned me and told me there’s been an incident with a stabbing. My daughter’s 15 and I’m feeling a bit stressed about it, I want her home."

Councillor Rob James, who represents the Lliedi ward in Carmarthenshire, said on Facebook: "My thoughts are with the headteacher, teaching staff, parents and pupils of Ysgol Dyffryn Aman after today’s major incident.

"I have been in contact with Carmarthenshire Council and will provide any support I can to the school during this difficult time."

The incident happened at Ysgol Dyffryn Aman in Ammanford, Carmarthenshire Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

First Minister Vaughan Gething said: "A deeply worrying time for the school, families and community. Diolch to first responders."

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said: "Shocked at the news emerging from Ammanford today. I want to thank the police and emergency services for their ongoing response and my thoughts are with all those affected."

Welsh Conservatives leader Andrew RT Davies said: "The reports emerging from Ysgol Dyffryn Amman are extremely concerning.

"Schools should be a place of safety, learning and discovery. It is deeply sad and distressing that today teachers and pupils have had that safety shattered by a violent incident.

"My thoughts are with all staff and pupils at the school, and we thank the emergency services for their work."

Welsh Secretary David TC Davies said: "The news emerging from Ammanford this afternoon is deeply concerning.

"My thoughts are with the people, parents and teachers of Ysgol Dyffryn Aman, the emergency services and with the wider community during this extremely worrying time.

Ysgol Dyffryn Aman's Headteacher James Durbridge praised staff members and students for their "calm response".

He stated on the school website: "I wish to commend all staff and pupils for their calm and mature response during today’s lockdown. We are proud to have witnessed pupils embodying the school’s core values while supporting their peers and staff."

Mr Durbridge added: "Today has been a very difficult day for us as all as in the school. It goes without saying that my thoughts are with the three individuals and their families, who have been affected by today’s incident.

"In the immediate aftermath of the incident, our priority was to ensure the security of the pupils and staff whilst managing the situation and communicating with those directly impacted."

The statement continued: "Working with the police we issued communication as soon as possible. To support Dyfed Powys Police, the school will be closed tomorrow to all pupils and staff in order for officers to further carry out their investigations.Although the school will be closed, I want to reassure pupils, parents and staff that wellbeing support is available to anyone who has been affected."

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