Arrest in playgroup sex assault probe

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A suspect has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault at a playgroup, police said today.

St Padarn's Playgroup in Aberystwyth, Mid Wales, has been temporarily closed pending further investigation and police said this would be reviewed on a daily basis.



The playgroup is registered by the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW), Dyfed Powys police said.



IT is independent of St Padarn's Roman Catholic school.



The suspect has been released on bail.



In a joint statement, Dyfed Powys Police and Ceredigion Local Safeguarding Children's Board said: "A multi-agency meeting has been held, in line with the All Wales Child Protection Procedures and Working Together Welsh Assembly Government guidance.



"The playgroup has temporarily closed pending further investigation and this will be reviewed daily.



"Parents wishing to make alternative arrangements may find useful information at www.cis.ceredigion.gov.uk .



"Ceredigion Social Services is making staff available to offer help and support to families via the contact centre on 01545 574 000.



"Dyfed Powys Police take any allegation of this kind seriously and have specially trained officers to deal with any victims and any alleged offenders.



"Anyone with information can contact Dyfed Powys Police via 101."