Arrest Over Sheffield School Sex Attack Claim

18 October 2011, 14:19

Police have made an arrest following an allegation of a serious sexual offence at an infant school in Sheffield.

Officers said they believe the alleged incident at Greenlands Nursery Infants School, in the Darnall area of Sheffield, was "isolated''.

A person was arrested and later released on bail following a report to police on Friday.

South Yorkshire Police would not confirm any more details about whether the person arrested was a member of staff or whether it was a man or a woman.

In a statement, the force said: "On Friday October 14 2011 officers received a report of an allegation of a serious sexual offence at a school in the Darnall area of Sheffield.

"Police arrested a person in connection with this matter, who has since been questioned and released on police bail pending further inquiries.

The Darnall and Tinsley Safer Neighbourhood Team are working with the local community to address any concerns and the investigating officers currently believe the alleged incident to be isolated.''

Detective Inspector Sean McMahon said: "The investigation is being progressed as quickly as possible having regard to the serious nature of the allegation made.''

In another statement, Sonia Sharp, executive director of children and young people's services at Sheffield City Council, said: "We are aware of an allegation at a local school and we are working closely with the police to facilitate a thorough investigation.

We are unable to comment further on the case because the investigation is ongoing. In the meantime we are providing support and reassurance to parents and carers, and staff at the school.''

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