Breaking: No evidence of sex crime at Sheffield school, say police.

POLICE today revealed there is no evidence to support an allegation of serious sexual assault being committed at a Sheffield infant school.

Officers said a very thorough investigation has been carried out following the claim against a male member of staff at Greenlands Infant School, Darnall.

The man, who was not a member of teaching staff, was arrested and worried parents withdrew their children from classes.

Headteacher Sue Daniels was advised to stay away from the school as controversy broke.

But Chief Superintendent Simon Torr, Sheffield district police commander, said: “From the moment the allegation was made, South Yorkshire Police and Sheffield Council took immediate and appropriate action.

“South Yorkshire Police have taken great care to handle this matter seriously and with sensitivity.

“Our investigation was robust, thorough and we explored every possible avenue. We took into account information from other agencies which were involved.”

He added: “Our officers were available in school and several people came forward to discuss concerns, however no further child protection criminal investigations have been initiated.

“Following this investigation, we have found no evidence to substantiate any criminal charges.

“We would like to thank the pupils, parents and staff at Greenlands School and the wider community for their continued support.”

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