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Last Updated: Wednesday, 5 April 2006, 14:44 GMT 15:44 UK
School head remand on gun charges
House search in Johnstown, Wrexham
A house search is carried out in Johnstown, Wrexham
A primary school head teacher has been remanded in custody in connection with a series of weapons raids.

Martin Davies, head of Ysgol Deiniol, Marchwiel, Wrexham, was remanded until Friday by the town's magistrates.

Police said a number of weapons were found on Tuesday, including one when an army bomb disposal unit was called in.

Davies, aged 59, of Johnstown, Wrexham, is accused of illegally possessing a 9mm semi-automatic revolver and a .22 semi-automatic rifle.

Davies, who was arrested on Monday, appeared in court on Wednesday.

It is understood the school was searched as part of the ongoing police raids, but no guns were found there.

Hywyn Williams, chief learning and achievement officer with Wrexham Council, said: "We can confirm that a head teacher has been charged with firearms offences and we are co-operating fully with the police and their investigation.

Ysgol Deiniol
The school was also searched, but no weapons were found
"Officers will be discussing the situation with governors of the school in question as a matter of urgency to decide what action is to be taken.

"The incidents were not related to his professional capacity and there will be no disruption to pupils' education as the school is currently being managed by the deputy head teacher.

"Parents will be kept informed of developments by the school and the governors."

North Wales Police said armed officers continued searches on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, an army bomb disposal squad were called as police searched a house in Johnstown, on the outskirts of Wrexham.

The house was cordoned off, but no explosives were found.




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