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Police statement on Devon school investigation

Chelfham Mill School in Barnstable has been closed for six weeks while police investigate claims of physical abuse

Police are investigating claims of current and historic physical abuse at Chelfham Mill School in North Devon. The school caters for children with behavioural and emotional difficulties between 7 and 18 years.

Devon and Cornwall police are currently involved in an investigation into claims of physical abuse at Chelfham Mill School, Barnstaple.

We are working closely with partner organisations including social services as this investigation takes place.

– Devon and Cornwall Police statement

Police investigate abuse claims at North Devon school

Chelfham Mill School in Barnstable has been closed for six weeks while police investigate claims of physical abuse Credit: School website

Police are investigating claims of physical abuse at a school in Barnstaple.

Chelfham Mill School caters for more than 50 children with emotional and behavioural difficulties between the ages of 7 and 18.

It is closed for six weeks while the investigation takes place. The school has issued a brief statement:

Chelfham Mill school is closed for an initial period of six weeks pending an investigation by external agencies. We are committed to supporting the investigation process.

– Katy Roberts, principal

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Investigation after death of Cornish schoolgirl

Police say the death of a pupil at Perranporth Community Primary School is not suspicious Credit: Perranporth C P School

A seven-year-old girl has died after collapsing at a school in North Cornwall.

It happened at Perranporth School yesterday lunchtime, 1 July. She was taken to Royal Cornwall Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Police are investigating but say her death is not suspicious.

Today's sports day has been cancelled but no reason has been given.

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"Children hurting themselves": Head defends handstand ban

Credit: Reuters

The headteacher of a school in Devon which has caused a stir by banning handstands and cartwheels in the playground has defended the measure.

Old Priory Junior Academy in Plympton put a temporary ban on "all gymnastic activities" during break times until further notice.

Interim headteacher Emma Hermon-Wright said the decision had been taken after a number of pupils sustained minor injuries to their wrists and backs.

Devon school bans handstands and cartwheels in the playground

A school has banned handstands and cartwheels during break times. Credit: Reuters

A primary school has banned handstands and cartwheels in the playground over concerns pupils could harm themselves.

Old Priory Junior Academy in Plympton, Devon, confirmed it had put a temporary ban on "all gymnastic activities" during break times until further notice.

Interim headteacher Emma Hermon-Wright said the decision had been taken after a number of pupils sustained minor injuries to their wrists and backs.

Over a series of a few days we had quite a few [injuries] for the same reasons. The children said they had been doing cartwheels and handstands and had fallen and we thought it was causing us a problem at school.

In PE Lessons in primary schools they are carefully supported and carefully controlled to help learn skills of this nature and we have very good gymnastic capabilities in our school.

[On break times] we've got a lot of children in one go and you can't be supporting every child for a backward roll, forward roll, cartwheel, handstand or whatever they're doing at play time.

– INTERIM HEADTEACHER EMMA HERMON-WRIGHT

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Dorchester schoolboy to feature in charity's Big First Aid Lesson

Sean Irwin, his mum and grandmother Credit: St John Ambulance

An eight-year-old St John Ambulance volunteer from Dorchester is taking a lead role in the charity’s Big First Aid Lesson later.

The story of how Sean Irwin looked after his mum, Caroline (29) when she fell six feet and knocked herself out cold is being featured in the live webcast.

Sean, who has been a St John Ambulance Badger in Dorchester for three years, feared his mum may have suffered a serious head, neck or spinal injury in the fall, so he checked her breathing and pulse, rather than putting her into the recovery position.

Caroline regained consciousness and was taken to hospital by her mum.

Almost 200,000 children in over 1,000 schools will watch the lesson during the webcast. For more information: www.sja.org.uk/bigfirstaidlesson

Fish genetically mutated by Cornish mining

Research at Exeter University has linked the evolution of fish to pollution from Cornwall's mining boom.

Scientists have found that pollution from historic mines in the South West has "severely affected" the genetic diversity of local populations of brown trout.

The report highlights the difference between so-called clean rivers like the Camel and the Fal, with more contaminated rivers such as the Hayle.

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