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Vote of no confidence in Plymouth Uni vice-chancellor

Wendy Purcell is currently on paid leave from her role at Plymouth University Credit: ITV News

Staff at Plymouth University have given a vote of no confidence in their vice-chancellor, Wendy Purcell.

Members of the University and College Union say the recent problems at the university have undermined morale and risked long-term damage to the institution.

Wendy Purcell who is currently on paid leave, was suspended for three months over allegations of overspending and bullying colleagues.


Ex-teacher accused of abusing Kenyan street children

Simon Harris, who used to be a housemaster and Latin teacher at Shebbear College in Devon Credit: ITV News

A man who admitted indecently assaulting boys at a private school in Devon has appeared in court in Birmingham accused of 27 further sexual offences involving young boys in Kenya.

Simon Harris has already pleaded guilty to sex offences committed against three pupils, all aged between 13 and 14, while he was employed at Shebbear College in the 1980s.

Today the court was told how he "preyed" on Kenyan street children as young as six years old. Harris denies the charges.

Simon Harris had previously admitted assaulting boys at Shebbear College in the 1980s Credit: ITV News

NSPCC roadshow teaches children how to stay safe

This primary school class is being taught by the NSPCC how to stay safe Credit: ITV News West Country

An average of two children in every primary school classroom has suffered from abuse or neglect, according to the NSPCC.

In response, the charity wants to take a touring roadshow into every school, teaching younger children how they can stay safe.

Vice-chancellor steps up her battle to get her job back

Wendy Purcell is battling to win her job back Credit: ITV Westcountry

Wendy Purcell, Plymouth University's vice-chancellor, has stepped up her legal battle to win her job back, with the case against her understood to include a complaint about her management style.

Professor Purcell is now being represented by a law firm that specialises in discrimination claims. She was suspended three months ago, but has since had her status changed to paid leave. Neither the university nor Professor Purcell has ever disclosed the charges against her.


Parents complain at school's lunchbox policy

Teachers at a primary school in North Devon are confiscating food from children's lunch boxes as part of a healthy eating scheme.

Governors at Caen Primary in Braunton insist it's their right to remove chocolate and crisps and certain types of fruit juice. It's part of a drive to improve the diet of their pupils but fifty parents have complained, including Fiona Moodie.

North Devon school confiscates food from lunchboxes

A plateful of the sort of food that would be confiscated from lunch boxes Credit: ITV News West Country

Teachers at Caen Primary school in Braunton in North Devon are confiscating unhealthy food from children's lunch boxes as part of a healthy eating initiative.

They insist it is their right to remove chocolate and crisps - and certain types of fruit juice - as part of their drive to improve the diet of their pupils - and make them aware of the importance of eating healthily.

The story has provoked a furious response on our Facebook page. Here are a couple of comments from viewers:

Caen Community School Credit: ITV News West Country

I think this is terrible , they should take into account what that child may be having for dinner when they get home , but over all it is the parents responsibility to ensure their child's diet is satisfactory . also what happens when the lunch is confiscated ? does the school then give that child a free lunch ? or do they go hungry for the rest of the day .... lets concentrate on the children at risk from other things , not what they eat at school unless its obvious that child isn't getting a well balanced diet , but even then there must be other ways of sorting this ... not by depriving that child of some form of food for the day !..

– Jackie from Camborne via Facebook

Do they replace what is confiscated with healthy or do the children go hungry?? Parents should supply a healthy lunch but surely children with full tummies are better than hungry children who's lunch has been confiscated!

– Alex Hall via Facebook

Wildlife training scheme wins £830,000 lottery grant

Wildlife skills trainees have a go at strimming Credit: Beth Aucott

A scheme that offers training in wildlife skills has won a £830,000 lottery grant.

The money will finance almost 50 placements with the region's Wildlife Trusts. The course includes formal qualifications and is aimed at providing young people and those from disadvantaged backgrounds opportunities in the field of conservation.

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