Probe over ‘lock-in’ at school is dropped

Revoe Community Primary School, Blackpool.

Revoe Community Primary School, Blackpool.

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A POLICE investigation into allegations over the care of pupils at a Blackpool school has been dropped.

Lancashire Police were called in after six members of staff from Revoe Community Primary School were suspended last week over allegations a child was locked in a ‘cooling off room’ – a quiet place for students to calm down in isolation.

But officers have said their lines of inquiry have found no conduct which warrants criminal prosecution.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “Following a number of inquiries, it has been decided none of the conduct disclosed meets the threshold for criminal prosecution and as such the police inquiry is at an end.

“This decision has no bearing on any internal inquiry or internal discipline matters and the material gathered by the police will be fully shared with the local authority.

“Our priority in this case was to make sure children are properly safeguarded and we will continue to support and work with our partners in order to ensure this is the case.”

The end of the police inquiry means the local authority can now begin its own investigation into an alleged incident at the school on Grasmere Road.

Blackpool Council’s investigation follows concerns raised before the half-term holidays about the “professional judgement made by a number of staff in relation to pupil wellbeing.”

It is thought the incident involved a child threatening to stab himself and others, although he was not in possession of a knife.

Coun Sarah Riding, cabinet member for schools and education, said: “We have been notified by the police their investigations are complete and they won’t be taking any further action.

“Our own internal investigation will now begin.”

Read previous stories from The Gazette on this subject:

BLACKPOOL SCHOOL FACING SECOND INQUIRY

’COOL OFF’ ROOM ANGERS PARENTS

KNIFE THREAT BLAMED AS STAFF SUSPENDED

SIX PRIMARY SCHOOL STAFF SUSPENDED

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