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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

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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

Stop pouring fat down the drain, say beach campaigners

Ilfracombe is one of the beaches under scrutiny. Credit: Suzy Harrison/Press Association Images

Campaigners are trying clean up two beaches in Devon and Cornwall to stop them being branded unsafe for swimming.

Ilfracombe and Porth are both predicted to fail strict Environment Agency quality controls next year. Surfers Against Sewage are urging people not to throw items down the toilet and to stop pouring fat down the drain.

800-year-old tiled floor to be uncovered in work on Exeter Cathedral

The floor is thought to have been laid in the 13th century. Credit: Diocese of Exeter

An ancient tiled floor described as the "finest medieval tile pavement surviving in Devon and Cornwall" is to be uncovered for the first time in decades.

It's part of renovations to the Chapel of St Andrew and St Katharine at Exeter Cathedral.

The room above the Chapel was home to the Cathedral's Exchequer Chamber in the Middle Ages. The floor is thought to have been laid in the late 13th century.

The renovations to the Chapel will uncover the floor for the first time in decades. Credit: Diocese of Exeter

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Team GB hits Hollywood for this year's Special Olympics

Olympic gold-medal-winning boxer Audley Harrison gets behind Team GB. Credit: ITV News

They're a long way from home, but our Special Olympics athletes are raring to go.

The Games, for sports men and women with learning disabilities, are taking place in Los Angeles - and the West Country is well represented in the Great Britain squad.

Our reporter Ian Payne has travelled across the pond to join them.

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