October 2000

CHARGES AGAINST HEADTEACHER DROPPED
Police have dropped all charges against Mrs Marjorie Evans, headteacher of St Mary's Junior School, Caldicot. The move followed a decision from the Crown Prosecution Service relating to allegations that she had tied two pupils together with a skipping rope, forcibly removed a boy from the library and shouted at pupils in an inappropriate voice. Following the decision, school governors decided to lift her suspension from the school, which had lasted thirteen months. Mrs Evans was also granted compassionate leave in order to give her the opportunity to recover from her ordeal, the strain of which has had an impact upon her health. It is understood that Mrs Evans has subsequently consulted her lawyers and the National Union of Teachers regarding a possible claim for compensation.
In the meantime staff at the school have been attempting to heal the rifts which occurred during Mrs Evans' court case and the police investigation at the school. Staff training days have been used to conduct team building exercises.

TOWN COUNCILLOR JOINS PLAID
Caldicot Town Council's only Independent member, Andrew Huntley, has joined Plaid Cymru. Councillor Huntley, who does not speak Welsh, will bring the Plaid group on the council to four. It will, nevertheless, remain heavily outnumbered by the ruling Labour group.

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