TWO teenage girls charged with conspiracy to commit murder at their school in Cwmcarn have had their bail extended.

They were due to answer bail this week, but Gwent Police said they have been bailed until August 14.

On May 1, a 15-year-old girl from Newbridge and a 14-year-old girl from Risca were arrested at the school.

The Newbridge girl was arrested on suspicion of threats to kill, possession of a bladed article on a school premises and conspiracy to commit murder. The Risca girl was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.

It is understood the girls were arrested after concerns about behaviour were reported, and a knife was discovered in a bag. It is also understood the threat to kill allegation involved a teacher, named locally as maths teacher Alison Cray, but that no confrontation took place.

Both pupils have since been excluded from the school.

A statement on Cwmcarn High school’s website, posted on May 2, assured parents and pupils “concerns were dealt with swiftly” and said: “There was no risk to any staff or learner and the relevant support services were contacted as a precautionary measure.”

“Cwmcarn High is a caring and safe environment and we are committed to everyone’s safety.”