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Swimming pool death of teenager
Hayley Williams
Hayley was once Wales swimming champion in her age-group
A 13-year-old girl has died after being pulled unconscious from a swimming pool at a special school.

Hayley Elizabeth Williams, from Newport, was taken to the University Hospital of Wales, but later died.

An investigation has begun into the incident on Monday at Ashgrove Special School in Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan.

Police said it did not appear the death was suspicious. Ashgrove pupil Hayley was an experienced swimmer and had been Wales champion in her age-group.

Vale of Glamorgan director of learning and development Bryan Jeffreys said: "This afternoon I met Hayley's mum and dad to express our condolences and sympathies, and to offer the Council's support through this difficult time.

Ashgrove Special School in Penarth
The incident happened at Ashgrove Special School in Penarth

"The staff at the school are extremely dedicated to their work and are absolutely devastated by this tragedy.

"We are working with the whole school community to ensure that the school is able to continue its important work.

"The tragedy occurred in the swimming pool area of the school, but I regret that I am not in a position to give further details which are a matter for the investigation. At this point the cause of death is unknown.

"When we are in a position to provide further information we will do so."

Ashgrove Special School teaches up to 80 children aged between four and 19 with autism.

Pupils go to the school from the Vale of Glamorgan, other parts of south, mid and west Wales and from parts of the West country and English midlands.

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