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Teacher resigns after putting tape over pupil's mouth

A teacher who put tape over a pupil's mouth to keep the child quiet has resigned.

The supply teacher at Fowlmere Primary in Cambridgeshire is said to have used the sticky tape on the nine-year-old "as a joke" during a lesson.

Fowlmere Primary in Cambridgeshire where the incident took place. Credit: Google Maps

"Although there was no ill intent or unkindness intended, it is clear this incident should not have happened and the member of staff has resigned from their post," a school spokesperson said.

"We have spoken to the child's parents and apologised as this fell below the standards we expect."

In March, a teacher was suspended from a school in Somerset after allegedly placing tape on the mouths of year six pupils because they were being too noisy.

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Westminster sex inquiry 'stinks', says abuse charity head

The head of an abuse charity has said the inquiry into a possible Westminster sex ring in the 1980s "stinks".

Pete Saunders, chief executive of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, told ITV News a letter written by inquiry head Fiona Woolf to the home secretary "greatly bothered" him.

It is alleged Woolf amended the letter allegedly playing down her links to Lord Brittan, who is accused of failing to act on the historic abuse allegations, seven times before she sent it.

Mr Saunders said the focus should be on "truth and honesty" and if things like this were happening now Theresa May should "tear the whole thing up and start again".

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Fireworks storage area 'completely destroyed'

The factory's entire the entire storage unit has been destroyed by last night's explosion Credit: Staffordshire Police

The investigation into a fire at a fireworks factory in Stafford is 'challenging' because the entire storage unit has been destroyed by the explosion, according to police.

Firefighters and police officers are spending the day recovering any potential evidence from the area around SP Fireworks on Tilcon Avenue.

Last night, two people were hospitalised when a major fire ripped through the factory premises. One victim is in a stable condition, but the other is more seriously hurt.

Police have said they are hoping to reopen Tilcon Avenue to those businesses who have premises on the road and to drivers who need to move their cars in the coming hours.

Baswich Lane has reopened to traffic, but drivers there are experiencing serious delays because of investigation work being carried out by emergency services.

"We have a great deal of sensitive and challenging work to complete in order to allow us to establish the cause of the explosion and following fire.

"We understand the unit was storing a significant volume of fireworks which appear to have been completely destroyed during the blaze last night.

"This makes the ongoing examination of the scene particularly challenging and we expect to be at the scene for some time. We can confirm a 53-year-old male has been arrested in connection with the incident.

“One of people taken to hospital last night is in a poorly condition, whilst the second is stable after receiving treatment.

– Supt Ian Coxhead, from Staffordshire Police

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Home secretary will have 'tough job' to replace Woolf

Fiona Woolf is the second person Home Secretary Theresa May has appointed for the job. Credit: PA

Home Secretary Theresa May will have a "tough job" to replace Fiona Woolf if she steps down as head of the Westminster sex abuse inquiry, the former director of public prosecutions said.

Lord Macdonald said if that happened it would be difficult for May to persuade someone else to take it on.

Woolf is the second person appointed to head the inquiry into the historical allegations.

Baroness Butler-Sloss stepped down from the role in July following concerns about her family links.

Her late brother, Sir Michael Havers, was attorney general in the 1980s when the abuse is said to have taken place.

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