South East Wales

All Newport substance pupils discharged from hospital

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Image caption An investigation is under way at Llanwern High School in Newport

All nine pupils taken ill after reportedly taking an unknown substance have been discharged from hospital.

The students began "feeling unwell" at Llanwern High School, in Newport, at about 11.40 BST on Thursday.

One 14-year-old girl, five girls aged 13, two girls aged 12 and an 11-year-old boy were taken to the city's Royal Gwent Hospital.

Inquiries are under way to determine what the substance was.

Police said not all the pupils required hospital treatment but were taken as a precaution.

Eight were discharged on Thursday, while the final pupil was allowed home on Friday.

Gwent Police said inquiries were ongoing to find out the exact circumstances of what happened and where the substance was obtained.

The Welsh Ambulance Service sent three rapid response cars, three emergency ambulances and an urgent care service vehicle to the school.

A council spokesman said on Thursday: "Our immediate priority is the well-being of the pupils affected.

"The school will be carrying out an investigation and will be working with the police into how this incident happened."

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