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On September 14 at Ipswich crown court, Andrew Altham was sentenced to ...
On September 14 at Ipswich crown court, Andrew Altham was sentenced to

2.5 years imprisonment for causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Michael Iliffe, the head of Foxborough Middle School, Lowestoft. In passing sentence the judge said: 'It seems these days school staff are increasingly the subject of attacks by parents with some sort of grievance, real or imaginary. You assaulted a headteacher who was alone after a function held for the enjoyment of children at the school'.

Michael Iliffe is still at home recovering from the effects of the attack which occurred after a school disco on 29 June, rendering him unconscious and causing fractures to his nose, cheek bone and eye socket, cuts and severe bruising.

David Hart, general secretary NAHT, said:

'The sentence passed sends a clear message to anyone who commits an act of violence against a public sector employee. It is absolutely vital that the courts crack down on all those who think that teachers are fair game when it comes to perpetrating violence on school premises.'

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