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Swindon teacher jailed for two years for abusing position

Thomas worked as a secondary school teacher in Wiltshire and systematically abused the position of trust he was in. Police say he preyed on vulnerable, underage children for his own sexual gratification.

The court heard that he groomed his victims and encouraged them to engage in sexual acts after gaining their confidence and trust. Thomas refused to take any responsibility for his actions and has forced his victims to relive their suffering and give evidence in court.

Rethink Cancer - calls for awareness classes in schools

by Kerry Swain

Kris Hallenga is living with cancer after repeatedly visiting her doctor & being told she was too young to have breast cancer. She started a charity called Coppafeel, It aims to persuade young people to take responsibility for their own health checks. You can find out more about her charity here.

Kris was 23-years-old when she was diagnosed. Soon after she set up a Coppafeel to make young people aware that they too can be affected.

Not satisfied with just one project - Kris is now turning her attention to the curriculum. She's calling for prevention and detection to be taught in schools and has been supported in her quest by the Steve Brine, MP for Winchester. She's been talking to our reporter Kerry Swain.


New cancer awareness campaign launched for schools

A woman who is living with cancer has launched a campaign for children to be taught about the disease in school.

Kris Hallenga, who's 28, has been speaking to pupils at three secondary schools in Winchester today. She was only 23 years old when she developed breast cancer, and by the time it was diagnosed it had spread. Kris wants lessons about cancer to be introduced to the national curriculum.

The campaign launched today is called Rethink Cancer.

Amy Winehouse drugs scheme to launch in schools

The Amy Winehouse Foundation is to launch a drug and alcohol awareness initiative for secondary schools in Bournemouth.

The foundation has teamed up with the charity, Addaction, to help educate students, teachers and parents about the underlying issues connected to substance abuse.

The foundation was set up in memory of the singer who died nearly three years ago.
The foundation was set up in memory of the singer who died in July 2011. Credit: PA

Through the Resilience Programme, teachers will be helped to better identify with students at risk, to improve attendance at school, increase attainment and build resilience to peer pressure, with assistance from recovering addicts.

The foundation was set up in memory of the singer who died nearly three years ago.

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First World War commemorative arch put in place

Folkestone was the last sight of England for tens of thousands of soldiers crossing the Channel to fight in the First World War trenches of France and Belgium. And now a striking new commemorative arch has been lifted into place on The Leas in memory of the many who did not return.

It'll be officially opened by Prince Harry as part of the centenary commemorations in August. Derek Johnson has been following the story. In this report, he spoke to Paul Emden from the Step Short project, architect Philip Gearing and Councillor David Monk from Shepway Council.

Hundreds of pupils in Britain's biggest science lesson

The Disovery Park at Sandwich - the former site of the drugs company Pfizer - was taken over by hundreds of primary school children this week for Britain's biggest ever science lesson.

Hands-on experiments included extraction of DNA from fruit, murder-mystery forensic tests, and the creation of a witch's cauldron. Nashreen Issa sent this report from the East Kent Science Jamboree.

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