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Headteacher Helen Mann Found Dead At School

Police are investigating the death of a headteacher whose body was found at her primary school.

Helen Mann, who was in her 40s, was pronounced dead on Monday - less than six months after starting the job at Sytchampton Endowed First School in Worcestershire, her family revealed.

Mrs Mann's father-in-law Kenneth Mann was quoted on the Worcester News website as saying: "Helen had only started work at the school in the summer. We had no idea this was going to happen.

"We are all just absolutely heartbroken.

"She was just the loveliest person, so nice to everyone. They (Mrs Mann and her husband Philip) have two wonderful sons who she loved so much."

Police and paramedics were called to the school, near Stourport-on-Severn, at 4.20pm.

West Mercia Police said: "Officers are investigating the death, which is being treated as unexplained but is not believed to be suspicious.

"They are compiling a report that will be passed to the Worcestershire coroner."

In a statement issued by Worcestershire County Council, a spokeswoman for the school, Stephanie Gait, said: "It is with great sadness that we confirm the passing of our headteacher Helen Mann.

"We offer our deepest sympathy to Helen's family, friends and colleagues.

"We have taken the decision to close school today and tomorrow and are working with the local authority to provide support to staff and pupils."

Police said members of a local Safer Neighbourhoods team were liaising with the school's authorities following the death.

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