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School still closed after 20 people treated for exposure to noxious substance

By Jonny Drury | Mid Wales | Crime | Published:

A school remains closed today after 20 people were exposed to a noxious substance.

Builth Wells High School and a neighbouring leisure centre were evacuated yesterday after reports of a suspected smoke bomb being let off.

Dyfed-Powys Police and Welsh Ambulance Service were called and 20 people were treated after reporting breathing difficulties and nausea.

It is not believed to be a dangerous substance and a 17-year old boy was arrested and an investigation is ongoing.

The Welsh Ambulance Service sent two ambulances and a rapid response vehicle to the scene, while a hazardous substances team were said to have been sent from Cardiff.

Police said they were treating the incident as an isolated one, and believe it wasn't related to terrorism.

A statement from the police yesterday said: "A 17-year-old boy has been arrested, he remains in police custody and the investigation is ongoing. Police are treating this as an isolated incident which is not believed to be terrorist related at this time.

"A multi-agency response was activated and is ongoing. The primary focus of this response is to ensure the safety and welfare of all pupils and staff at the school, and members of the public in the surrounding area.

"Specially trained officers from all agencies attended the scene and conducted an assessment which has indicated the substance is not believed to be a danger."

The school remained close today, but pupils who were due to sit exams were asked to come to the main reception to get more information.

Jonny Drury

By Jonny Drury
@JonnyDrury_Star

Senior reporter covering Oswestry and Mid Wales.

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