Leeds teacher charged with assaulting pupils

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A teacher at a school in the Leeds area has been charged with assaulting three pupils.

Andrew Vertigan faces three counts of common assault following allegations by three boys. He denies all the charges.

The 48-year-old, of Ashburn Way in Wetherby, appeared at Leeds Magistrates’ Court yesterday for a five-minute preliminary hearing after being given a summons to attend court by police.

The court heard that he has been charged with incidents alleged to have taken place in September last year.

Details about the allegations were not outlined.

After he pleaded not guilty, the matter was adjourned until March 11 for a further magistrates’ court hearing.

The court was told that the defence could produce more than 30 witnesses if the case goes to trial.

Mr Vertigan was given bail until the next appearance.

Restrictions protecting the identities of the alleged victims mean that their names, and the name of the school in question, cannot be reported.

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