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Former teachers deny alleged assaults on pupils in south Cumbria

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The final two former teachers who deny alleged assaults on pupils at Witherslack Hall in South Cumbria have given evidence to a jury.

Five men who are all former staff members at the Grange-over-Sands residential school are on trial at Carlisle Crown Court.

They deny charges alleging the mistreatment of pupils which date back to the 1970s and 1980s.

Michael Lynch, 72, taught at Witherslack for a year. He denies one charge alleging assault on a pupil who has told a jury he was attacked after working on Lynch's Mini.

Giving evidence today, Lynch insisted he hadn't attacked the boy, nor asked him to work on his Mini car, as was alleged. "It never happened," he said. "I did never hit him, or any other boys.

Glyn Waterhouse, 62, of Stainton, near Kendal, also denies one alleged assault.

He told jurors he "can't recall" a different former pupil who has told the jury he "got run over" by a minibus-driving teacher while lagging behind on a cross-country run.

Glyn Waterhouse, then aged in his 20s, said he actually took part in weekly runs for three out of the four years he worked full-time at the school.

Jurors have heard that none of the five defendants have any convictions, cautions or warnings to their names.

The trial continues.