Bryce Wilby: Rent bill for empty school house is 'harassment'

Bryce Wilby Bryce Wilby said he would pursue the case through the court system

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The former head teacher of the Isles of Scilly school has been given a £2,600 rent bill which he says is for a period after he left the islands.

Bryce Wilby, 46, former Five Islands School head, left last summer after allegations of financial irregularities were made against him.

He has received a small claims demand for £2,602.13 for the house he rented and said it was "harassment".

The school governors confirmed the claim but refused to comment.

Mr Wilby, who now lives on the mainland, said: "For some reason the governors seem to think I owe them some rent from when I wasn't living in the house. I've carried out the contract and the details within the contract make it very clear that I can leave the house.

'Really sad'

"We find it disappointing really that the people in authority on the island don't seem to want to leave us alone.

"They persist in harassing us and attacking us and that I think is really sad for the whole island."

Mr Wilby said he disputed the claim, which related to a period during the summer of last year, because he and his family left the island in May, and said he would be proceeding through court.

He has also lodged complaints against auditors at Cornwall Council and the Isles of Scilly Council for not including all of his evidence in the report relating to the allegations against him.

Mr Wilby said his complaints question "the process followed by the auditors" and the "actions and conduct of the Isles of Scilly Council officers, elected members and governors of the Five Islands School".

The councils deny the accusations.

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