Sunday 18 February 2018

Welsh girls arrested on conspiracy to murder teacher

Pupils place tributes to murdered teacher Anne Maguire outside Corpus Christi Catholic College in Neville Road in Leeds, England
Pupils place tributes to murdered teacher Anne Maguire outside Corpus Christi Catholic College in Neville Road in Leeds, England

Peter Dominiczak, David Barrett and Georgia Graham

TWO teenage girls have been arrested in Britain on suspicion of conspiracy to murder a teacher, as a political row over knife crime erupted in the wake of the fatal stabbing of teacher, Ann Maguire.

The girls, aged 14 and 15, were held by Gwent Police in south Wales after being detained at Cwmcarn High School near Newport.

The 15-year-old was arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill, possession of a bladed article on school premises and conspiracy to commit murder. It is believed a kitchen knife was found in the girl's school bag, and the police were called by teachers.

The 14-year-old was also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder. Police said "no physical confrontation" had taken place, and both girls were released on bail pending further inquiries.

It comes days after the fatal stabbing of Mrs Maguire at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds.

The Liberal Democrats yesterday accused their coalition partners, the Conservatives, of trying to exploit the death of the 61-year-old teacher by leaking details of Nick Clegg's opposition to a knife-crime plan.

Letters supplied to a national newspaper disclosed that the deputy prime minister had blocked a proposal by Chris Grayling, the justice secretary, automatically to jail offenders caught more than once with a knife.

Earlier yesterday, a judge issued a stark warning to social media users not to prejudice the case of a 15-year-old boy accused of stabbing teacher Mrs Maguire to death.

Judge Geoffrey Marson QC said serious consequences could follow for individuals who named the teenager online or published other information covered by reporting restrictions. Judge Marson made the comments as he remanded the youth in custody at Leeds Crown Court today.

A second teenager arrested in connection with the stabbing of Mrs Maguire was released without charge. (©Daily Telegraph, London)

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