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No charges in playgroup probe.

A PERSON arrested at a toddlers' playground at the centre of a sex assault inquiry will not be charged, police said yesterday.

St Padarn's Playgroup in Aberystwyth was closed after a person was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault on February 9. The unnamed person was released almost immediately on bail pending further inquiries by the police.

Now police have confirmed that no further action will be taken against the person.

The playgroup itself reopened during the final week of February after a two-week enforced closure.

News of an arrest connected to a suspected sex assault at the playgroup was greeted last month with a mixture of shock and horror.

Some in the community expressed disbelief that a potential suspect had been released by the police.

But Ceredigion Council leader Keith Evans cautioned at the time that the allegation might well prove to be unfounded.

Dyfed Powys Police said yesterday a file had been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) following the conclusion of its investigation.

"The CPS has examined the evidence and assisted the police from the early investigative stages of the case through to its conclusion," a police spokeswoman said.

"The CPS has concluded that there is insufficient evidence to charge, and thus no further action will be taken against the person arrested at this time."

She added: "Dyfed-Powys Police and CPS take all reports of sexual assault seriously and investigate all allegations with specially trained officers and prosecutors."

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