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Police say fatal fire in Plympton not suspicious

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Police are no longer treating a fire which claimed the life of a 48-year-old man as suspicious.

Gary Haydon died after being found with significant burns in the house fire on Maddock Drive in Plympton 8pm on Friday 15 June.

A 33-year-old man from the area was arrested on suspicion of murder but has now been released without charge.

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Three rescued after flat fire in Plympton

The fire was in a ground floor flat in Maddock Road, Plympton Credit: Google Maps

An investigation is underway into what caused a fire in Plympton last night, that saw three people rescued from the building.

Fire crews were called to a fire in a ground floor flat just before 8pm in Maddock Drive, Plympton.

One man was rescued from the flat by members of the public before the fire service got there. He was later taken to hospital with severe burns.

A further two females were rescued from a first floor flat by firefighters using a ladder.

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"Children hurting themselves": Head defends handstand ban

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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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