Somerset former deputy head in court on sex charges

Brymore School of Rural Technology
Image caption Brymore School is dedicated to training boys for farming and rural industry

The former deputy head teacher of a Somerset school has appeared in court accused of sex and firearms offences.

Philip Walker, 60, who worked at Brymore School, faces nine charges of indecently assaulting boys and girls aged from 12 to 15.

He is also accused, along with fellow Brymore teacher David Allibone, 51, of illegally possessing and supplying a shotgun with a shortened barrel.

Both were released on bail by Bridgwater magistrates.

Neither man was required to enter a plea.

Brymore School is a state-run residential school for agricultural studies at Cannington, near Bridgwater.

The current headmaster, Malcolm Lloyd, was suspended last month as the county education authority launched an investigation into child safety procedures at the school.

An interim management structure is in place at the school.

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