Drunk driver left victim trapped as he feared getting in trouble

A DRUNK driver who collided with another car left his victim trapped as he fled the scene for fear of “getting into trouble”.

Steven Gardner, 38, from Dalkeith, loss control of the Mercedes he was driving on the A7 Edinburgh to Galashiels road on November 22 last year.

He crashed into Steven Price’s Ford Fiesta at around 7.10pm.

Mr Price pleaded with Gardner to help him out of his car, but he took off down the road on foot and hailed another car, asking the driver to call 999.

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Former professional ice hockey player punched cab window

A FORMER professional ice hockey player has been ordered to pay compensation to a taxi driver whose window he punched.

Ryan Ford – who used to play for Braehead Paisley Pirates – punched the window “in frustration” after a row with friends during a night out.

The 30-year-old pled guilty to malicious damage on the first day of his trial at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today.

The court heard that he had been at a friend’s house with a number of people – including his girlfriend – before falling out with them and deciding to go home.

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Teacher temporarily suspended after trying to get ‘beautiful’ pupil to his house

By Christine Lavelle

A TEACHER who repeatedly offered to pay for a taxi to get a female pupil to his house has been temporarily suspended from seeking another teaching post.

Richard Cantwell, 36, from Airdrie, is accused of communicating with a pupil via a social networking site whilst employed to teach history and modern studies at All Saints RC Secondary School in Glasgow.

On March 22, 2009, Mr Cantwell allegedly participated in an online conversation with a female pupil, using Messenger Plus – more commonly known as MSN.

This was despite having being told by head teacher Gerry Lyon no to make any contact with students through social networking sites just two days before.

A hearing of the General Teaching Council for Scotland heard details of the chat in which the girl told him it was “wrong”. Continue reading

Greg Hemphill lifts lid on split from comedy partner

By Cara Sulieman

COMEDIAN Greg Hemphill has spoken about his split from comedy partner Ford Kiernan, saying it was the logical next step for the duo.

The pair co-wrote hit sketch show Chewin’s the Fat and sitcom Still Game before Greg walked away from the partnership in 2008.

The 40-year-old explained how they now hardly talk after a decade together.

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Drunk Dundee art teacher is struck off at GTC hearing

By Cara Sulieman

A BOOZY teacher has been struck off after turning up for work reeking of alcohol on three separate occasions.

Mary Gray had been given three months to prove she was able to bring her drink problem under control, but today education bosses decided she hadn’t made enough progress.

Ms Gray worked at Morgan Academy in Dundee when the alarm was raised after she arrived at the school smelling of booze in 2007 and 2008.

The art teacher – from Dundee – has now gone into counselling for alcohol dependency after the incidents on February 20 and March 21 2007, and March 13 2008.

But today the Disciplinary Sub-Committee of the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) decided that she hadn’t done enough to fight her addiction and removed her from the teaching register.

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Helicopter lifts rally driver to hospital after smash

By Paul Thornton

A RALLY car navigator was recovering in hospital last night after a horror crash at an event in Berwickshire.

Andy Richardson was pulled from the wreck by rally workers after the Fiesta R2 he was co-driving smashed into a tree during the Jim Clark Rally on Saturday.

Mr Richardson was pulled from the wrecked car and airlifted to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary by air ambulance following the smash near Duns around 11am.

He was being treated for back injuries although they are not thought to be life threatening, while the racing driver Peter Taylor was uninjured.

Mr Richardson, from Penrith, was guiding Mr Taylor, from Carlisle, in the driver’s first ever rally season when the crash happened. Continue reading

Teacher at prestigious school struck off for helping students cheat

Eric Tessier-Lavigne outside the GTC Scotland

By Cara Sulieman

A TEACHER at a school once attended by the Prince of Wales has been struck off for helping pupils cheat in preparations for their oral French exam.

Eric Tessier-Lavigne admitted he sent 11 pupils at Gordonstoun School emails about a conversation topic in their GCSE exam, containing phrases “destroy after reading” and “for your eyes and ears only”.

He blamed inexperience and a lack of guidance from his senior colleagues for his actions, but argued he had not handed pupils any unfair advantage.

But yesterday the Disciplinary Sub-Committee of the General Teaching Council Scotland found the 51-year-old guilty of misconduct and removed him from the register.

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