TWO schools have been closed after “travellers” set up camp on a playing field just days after a group pitched up on a school field 20 miles away.

A number of caravans were seen arriving on the grounds shared by Alun School and Ysgol Maes Garmon in Mold, North Wales, on Sunday evening.


At least five were still there on Monday afternoon and police say the group have been served a notice to leave and that officers are "actively utilising legal powers".

A statement published by Alun School and Ysgol Maes Garmon today says both schools will be closed to all pupils and staff today.

Remote learning will be in place for pupils at both schools who say they are “working closely” with the council and police to resolve the matter as soon as possible.

The joint statement, shared on social media, adds further information will follow for arrangements later in the week.

SET UP CAMP

It says: “Due to unauthorised visitors on the Mold Alun and Ysgol Maes Garmon shared campus, both schools will be closed to pupils and staff on Tuesday 4 May.

“Remote learning will be in place and pupils should follow their usual timetable.

“The school understands the disruption that this will cause for pupils and families.

The group have been served notice to leave and we are actively utilising legal powers and are working closely with our colleagues at Flintshire County Council."

“We are working closely with the council and North Wales Police to resolve the issues on site as soon as possible.

“Further information will follow regarding arrangements for later in the week and provision for families entitled to Free School Meals.”

It comes days after pupils at Rhyl High School were told to learn from home on Friday after the school said "travellers" had camped on its playing field.

An "urgent" email was sent to parents on Thursday evening to inform them that children in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 would have to go back to home learning.

SCHOOLS CLOSED

Mum Alex Scarlett, 41, whose 15-year-old son goes to Rhyl High School, said: "It's disgusting.

"They have no right to be here. The council and police should throw them off as it's a school.

"My son has his GCSEs coming up and he's missed so much schooling because of Covid.

"Now this. It's outrageous they are allowed to stay."

A statement published by the North Wales Police South Flintshire Facebook page today said: "We would like to reassure the local community that we are aware of the travellers which are currently at Alun School in Mold and the matter is in hand.

"The group have been served notice to leave and we are actively utilising legal powers and are working closely with our colleagues at Flintshire County Council."

Flintshire Council has been contacted for comment.





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