Devon

Ex Plymouth head pleads not guilty to sex abuse

Widey Court Primary School
Image caption Neil Dyer left Widey Court School in 1993

A former head teacher has appeared in court over allegations of sexually abusing pupils in Devon in the 1970s and 1980s.

Neil Dyer, then known as Geoffrey Burley, pleaded not guilty to 28 counts of indecent assault on children under the age of 16 at Plymouth Crown Court.

The 70-year-old was deputy head and later headmaster of Widey Court Primary School, Plymouth. He resigned in 1993.

Mr Dyer, of Plymouth, was bailed to re-appear in court in March for his trial.

Earlier this year Devon and Cornwall police said all the charges related to historic offences and no-one currently at the school was involved in the inquiry.

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