Police say community may hold 'vital information' about Cwmbran school fire

Police are re-appealing for information as investigations continue into a blaze that destroyed part of Coed Eva Primary School in Cwmbran on New Year's Day. Seven people - including five teenagers and a 21-year-old man - have been arrested on suspicion of arson and bailed.

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Hundreds turnout to support fire-hit Cwmbran school

Hundreds of people in Cwmbran took part in a fun run this morning to raise money for a school devastated by fire on New Year's Day.

Police are still appealing for information about the blaze at Coed Eva Primary. Nicola Hendy reports.


Pupils return to fire-hit Cwmbran school

A group of children from Cwmbran have finally been able to go back into the classroom today for the first time since part of their school was destroyed by a fire on New Year's Day.

More than 500 pupils from the Coed Eva Primary School were forced to take an extra week off after the blaze gutted the building.

Extra classrooms have now been set up thanks to space in the junior school.

Our Education Reporter Megan Boot was there for the first day back.


Fire hit school set to reopen on Monday

A school in Cwmbran hit by an alleged arson attack on New Year's Day is set to reopen to pupils on Monday.

Credit: Dan Caldwell

Staff at Coed Eva Primary School in Cwmbran say that following the complete destruction of the infants building, the school’s recovery is now in full swing. Nursery pupils are expected to be able to return on the 25th January.

The school continues to be a hive of activity with school staff, council officers and contractors working feverishly to get pupils back in class on Monday.

School staff are still writing inventories of all the equipment destroyed in the infants building. Resources are being ordered daily and will be delivered to the school as soon as possible.

I understand this has been exceptionally disruptive and distressing for parents as well as pupils and I must thank everyone for their understanding and patience over the past week.

– Gill Ellis, Executive Head Teacher at Coed Eva

Five teenagers - three aged 14, one 15 and one 18 - and a 21-year-old man have all been arrested on suspicion of arson and bailed pending further enquiries.

Communities raise funds for Cwmbran school destroyed by fire

The nursery and infants part of the school was completely destroyed. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Local communities and businesses in Cwmbran have begun raising money for a school destroyed by fire on New Year's day.

The infants and nursery school building at Coed Eva Primary was burnt down in the blaze.

A local cafe and parents started rallying around yesterday and have raised over £5,000 in two days.

A 5km fun run has also been arranged by a group of parents with all funds going to the school's PTA.

Police investigating the fire have arrested and bailed four people.

Kelly Bradnick reports.

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