BREAKING NEWS: Teacher cleared of assault

A SCARBOROUGH teacher who was accused of assaulting a teenage pupil has been cleared of the charge.

The public gallery at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court erupted in joy after the case against William Stuart, an assistant headteacher at the Graham and Raincliffe Federation, was dismissed this afternoon.

Magistrates said they fully accepted Mr Stuart’s version of events after hearing major differences in the testimony of the complainant and two key prosecution witnesses.

Following the case, Anne Swift, a Scarborough headteacher and National Union of Teachers representative, called for the law to be changed so that teachers are protected against malicious allegations.

She said teachers should be granted anonymity until cases are proven and students should be punished for making false accusations.