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2 October 2018, 08:17 | Updated: 2 October 2018, 08:19
A man's been cleared of physically attacking a child at a school in Grange-over-Sands, nearly four decades ago.
71-year old Anthony Maxwell was found not guilty of the historical allegation at Witherslack School.
Carlisle Crown Court heard the complanant was no longer co-operating with the prosecution.
As a result, Judge Adkin found Maxwell not guilty of the allegation.
His barrister, Andrew Nuttall, said in a brief address to the judge: "That means Mr Maxwell, with your permission, should be discharged from the dock."
Judge Adkin agreed, saying to Mr Maxwell: "You may leave the dock."
Mr Maxwell chose not to comment publicly after the court hearing.
- Five other men are due to go on trial next month, all having denied assault and child cruelty at the same school.