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Head asked police to reprimand pupils over photo-op

Ann Hughes was head of Ysgol Goronwy Owen in Benllech, Anglesey. Credit: ITV Wales

A headmistress was accused of being "excessive" in her response when pupils were unwilling to pose for a school photograph - by inviting a police officer to reprimand them.

Ann Hughes, who was head of Ysgol Goronwy Owen, a village primary school at Benllech, Anglesey, faces a catalogue of complaints at a hearing of the Professional Conduct Committee of the General Teaching Council for Wales.

The list of accusations against her included that she failed to investigate bullying, shouted excessively, highlighted parents' complaints during assembly potentially identifying pupils, engaged in unnecessary open criticism of children's mistakes, and imposed excessive punishment.

Mrs Hughes failed to create a cooperative working relationship among staff at the school, the GTCW was also told at Ewloe. The hearing is scheduled to last until Friday.

The head was suspended from the school in 2011. Credit: ITV Wales

Mrs Hughes was suspended in 2011 and later dismissed.

The school was engulfed in crisis that year when five of the six teachers called in sick on the same day after earlier threatening industrial action following a declaration of no confidence in Mrs Hughes, claiming there was a "climate of fear."

Residents to voice their views on Wylfa Newydd

It's hoped 'Wylfa Newydd' (New Wylfa) will boost the local economy Credit: Horizon Nuclear Power

Anglesey Council are launching a consultation today on the new nuclear power station to be built on the island.

Arthur Owen, Anglesey’s director of sustainable development, says 'a new nuclear build would bring many challenges and significant economic opportunities.'

Those living locally are urged to have their say on the project.

It's estimated that the new nuclear station will create around 1,000 permanent jobs once it is complete.

The construction phase could lead to as many as 6,000 jobs.


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Anglesey sea salt's new status 'will protect its name'

A Welsh family business that started 18 years ago has been awarded one of the highest accolades in the European culinary world - a protected food name status.

The people behind Anglesey sea salt were honoured at a special event in London today as their product joined the likes of Welsh lamb and Stilton cheese.

The move comes after foreign companies were found to be selling something falsely claiming to be Anglesey sea salt.

Anglesey salt company founder: 'Persistence pays'

David Lea-Wilson is the joint owner and founder of the Anglesey Sea Salt company. He told ITV News that finally securing protected status for Anglesey salt felt like a 'coming of age'.

"This is our 18th year.. and it is recognising that Anglesey means something in Europe. We're certifying that you're buying a bit of Anglesey; a bit of passionate workforce," he said.

"There have been ups and downs - and a lot of banging on doors that shut in our faces. But persistence pays."


Halen Mon Anglesey sea salt awarded protected status

The sea salt is harvested in the Menai Strait in Anglesey

Anglesey sea salt has joined the ranks of some of the UK's most famous foods, such as Stilton cheese and Melton Mowbray pies, by securing protected status.

The food has been awarded European Union protected food name status, which guarantees its authenticity and origin and prevents imitation products from using their name.

Protected food products in the UK contribute an estimated £900 million to the European economy, and the Government is keen to encourage more applications for protected status.

The founders of Halen Mon say they are delighted to secure protected status for their product

The protected food name status will help family business Halen Mon Anglesey Sea Salt increase its workforce by 25% this year, it predicts.

The company says it's delighted to secure "protected designation of origin" (PDO) as it joins other protected Welsh products such as Welsh lamb and beef and Pembrokeshire early potatoes.

Halen Mon exports to 20 countries and partners around the world.

WI members start centenary party in Anglesey

Centenary celebrations got underway today for WI members, as the specially designed centenary baton officially began its journey around the UK.

The baton launched in Anglesey, where the first WI meeting was held in the UK in 1915, and will travel throughout the 69 federations in England, Wales and the Islands to celebrate the links of friendship and community developed through the WI.

It will finish its trip at the Annual Meeting in June 2015 at the Royal Albert Hall.

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