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Plymouth University's board of governors' chairman resigns

Former judge William Taylor Credit: ITV News Westcountry

The chairman of Plymouth University's board of governors has announced he is standing down. Retired Judge William Taylor is being investigated over claims of sexual harassment. He said his resignation was in the best interests of the University.

The allegations against Judge Taylor, which he strenuously denies, came from the University's Vice-Chancellor Wendy Purcell after she was placed on leave for an unknown reason earlier this year.

It means there are now two separate investigations going on at the university into the behaviour of two of its most prominent figureheads. Today's announcement from Judge Taylor comes after reports in the local media about his presence on campus while this investigation is underway.

He said today that following the media speculation, his presence on the board, whether as chairman or not, was not in the best interests of the university. Acting chairman of the board, Steve Pearce, said Judge Taylor had worked tirelessly for the university

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.

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Sea shanty group lobbies Conservative Conference

A sea-shanty group from Exmouth has been supporting a campaign to promote investment in two West Country ports. The Exmouth Shanty Men performed at a fringe event at the Conservative party conference.

David Leighton, Associated British Ports said it was part of a campaign by Plymouth, Teignmouth and other ports against tighter EU regulations which they say would deter private investment.

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

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Nearly 10% toddlers in region have tooth decay

Nearly 10% toddlers in region have tooth decay Credit: ITV News

A new survey has revealed that almost 10% of three year olds in the region have tooth decay. According to Public Health England, 9.6% of children examined were found to have rotten teeth. Public health experts are urging parents to take advantage of free dental care for kids.

Self build home projects encouraged by Government

Self build home projects encouraged by Government Credit: ITV News

A number of locations across the south west are to be the forefront of the Government's new strategy aimed at help self build projects. Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks and Teignbridge will receive grants to encourage people to design and build their own homes.

460 crimes committed around Derriford Hospital

460 crimes committed around Derriford Hospital in the last 3 years Credit: ITV News

New figures show police have investigated more than 460 crimes in and around Derriford Hospital during the last three years. They include one alleged attempted murder and seven sexual assaults. Theft was the most common crime investigated, with 157 incidents. The hospital said the numbers were relatively low compared with the thousands of people on the site every day.

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