South East Wales

Police say no abduction near Pentrebane schools

The schools have tweeted that all pupils are safe Image copyright Wales News Service
Image caption The schools have tweeted that all pupils are safe

Police investigating children's reports of an attempted abduction near primary schools in Cardiff have said no criminal offence has taken place.

Officers were called to Lavender Grove, Pentrebane, at about 11:20 BST, close to Ysgol Coed-y-Gof, Pentrebane and Holy Family Primary schools.

South Wales Police said it was aware of reports of a "possible abduction", but that no-one had been reported missing.

On Thursday evening, the force said it was satisfied "no offences took place".

Earlier on Thursday, young children who reported an incident to teachers were interviewed by officers, who carried out door-to-door inquiries and made CCTV and vehicle checks.

The force helicopter was also involved in a search of the area.

Ch Insp Joe Jones said he was aware of the concern the reports had caused so close to the three schools and a nursery.

"I am satisfied it is unlikely that any criminal offences have been committed," he said.

Before the end of the school day, Pentrebane Primary‏ tweeted that all pupils were "safe and well" as police dealt with an incident outside.

Coed-y-Gof Primary, on Beechley Drive, said "none of the pupils or staff" were in any danger.

Parents at nearby Danescourt Primary were contacted by the school advising them not to let their children walk home alone.

A council spokesman said: "The schools have sent out messages to update parents on the situation. Schools and the council are working with police."

During the day police said they were keen to identify the driver of a black jeep-type vehicle with tinted windows.

Image caption Police officers outside properties in Lavender Grove, Pentrebane