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Abingdon pre-school to reopen after sex case closure

Paul Townsend
Image caption Paul Townsend (pictured in 2011) has also resigned as president of Abingdon's chamber of commerce

An Oxfordshire pre-school which closed after one of its former committee members was charged with a series of sex offences against girls will reopen.

Dunmore Pre-School in Abingdon was suspended by education watchdog Ofsted following an inspection last week.

Paul Townsend, 28, was charged last month with 16 offences including sexual activity with a girl under 13.

Ofsted said it was now "satisfied" with safeguarding measures at the school. It will reopen after the Easter holidays.

None of the allegations against Mr Townsend, a general member of the committee who dealt with school finances, concern any children at the Farm Road school.

Mr Townsend, who lives in Abingdon and was also president of the town's chamber of commerce, is due at Oxford Magistrates' Court on 10 April.

A school spokeswoman said: "Ofsted have confirmed that they are happy Paul Townsend had no connections with the pre-school children and was no risk to those children."

Ofsted confirmed the suspension, imposed on 27 March, had been lifted.

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