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Basingstoke Busy Bees Nursery reopens after child assault claims

Busy Bees Nursery Basingstoke Image copyright Paul King
Image caption Busy Bees Nursery closed on Monday to allow "a full police investigation"

A children's nursery has reopened following the arrest of a former employee on suspicion of physically assaulting two children.

Busy Bees, near Basingstoke, was shut to children on Monday while investigations were carried out.

Police said a woman was held on Friday in connection with a past incident at the nursery in Hatch Warren Lane.

The 22-year-old, from the Basingstoke area, has been released on bail until 7 March pending further inquiries.

The nursery reopened earlier following its own investigations.

Regional director Kellie Leahy said: "I understand the disruption and concern the short notice closure caused parents and children and I thank them for their patience, understanding and support.

"All relevant external agencies were satisfied with our decisive and immediate response to the situation and are in full agreement for the nursery to reopen."

Ofsted confirmed it was satisfied the nursery had taken appropriate action to ensure the safety of children.

A spokeswoman said: "We will continue to closely monitor the nursery during the investigations."

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