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Steve chases British title

Middleweight fighter Steve 'Stevo The Hammer' Scourfield, of Rhyl, comes to face with European Boxing Federation (EBF) champion Thomas Scott at Blackpool's Syndicate Nightclub on Sunday, December 28, with the British title at stake.
Scourfield, 23, has been fighting for several years, continually collecting belts after success on a regional bases. Victory in the Christmas bout would widen Scourfield's reputation in the semi-professional game, after thriving under the guidance of an experienced team including coach Craig Winter and cornerman Dave Wynne.
He said: "I'm hopeful ahead of the fight and am going there to take the title. I am confident I can do it. Victory would take me forward. I believe I can go a lot further in my career. I hope as many people as possible will travel to Blackpool and support me for this bout."

For ticket details, contact Steve Scourfield on 07826726876.

Instructor who "touched up" pupils escapes jail

creepy driving instructorA married driving instructor who “touched up” women pupils escaped immediate prison today.

But a judge made an order that he must not act as a driving instructor for any lone woman for the next ten years.

Defendant Robert Delabertouche (55) of Rhiwlas, Bangor, Gwynedd, told a 39-year-old woman that she was a “naughty girl” and he would put her over his knee and spank her.

Other women were disturbed when he put his hand on their knees while behind the wheel, asked them personal questions and he suggested to one that they go to a villa in Spain.

He denied sexual touching but was convicted of eight of the ten offences at an earlier hearing.

Mold Crown Court heard today that since then another woman had come forward and made a complaint – and he asked for the offence against her to be taken into consideration.

Judge John Rogers QC gave him a nine month prison sentence suspended for a year and ordered him to observe a three month curfew at his home between 7pm and 7am.

The defendant was ordered to register as a sex offender for ten years and Judge Rogers made a ten year SOPO, a sexual offences prevention order, which prohibits him from acting as a driving instructor of any female of any age, unless she is accompanied by a friend or relative in the vehicle.

Judge Rogers said that he had to be sentenced for now having touched on nine occasions females who he was teaching to drive.

“You put your right hand on their left leg in a manner they found disturbing,” the judge said.

“You were convicted by the jury of eight counts of sexual assault involving involving five women.

"Since then another lady has come forward to make a similar complaint.”

The judge said that he took into account the defendant's age, he had no relevant previous convictions, but despite the guidelines he took the view that the offences, because of their number, made a prison sentence necessary.

However it would be suspended.

He had a good employment record, he was supported by many of member of the public who had written testimonials on his behalf.

Gareth Roberts, defending, said that his client was a well respected member of the community who was held in high regard.

He had the benefit of great support from his family and others who knew him and their views had not altered by the convictions.

“My client continues to assert that what he was doing was innocent, although upon reflection he accepts that he “overstepped the mark” and must be punished for it," aid Mr Roberts.

It was accepted that the number of complaints was an aggravating feature. It was also a “massive breach of trust” because the women expected him to teach them to drive. “They did not expect anything else,” Mr Roberts explained.

It was touching over the clothing, he said, which the women described as “creepy and inappropriate”.

There was no suggestion of any long term psychological damage and none of the women, apart from one, had felt the need to report the matter immediately.

The defendant could have no complaint if he was sentenced to immediate custody but Mr Roberts suggested a suspended sentence.

Now that he was no longer in a position to teach young women to drive it was very unlikely that he would behave in such a way again.

The defendant had led a law abiding life and spent 16 years in the army where he had an exemplary record.

Mr Roberts said that he did not wish to minimise the offences but he added: “This was inappropriate behaviour rather than overtly dangerous sexual behaviour.

“I urge the court to accept that this is a man who will not behave this way again. He had learnt his lesson the hard way.”

Jane La Grua, prosecuting, said that a new complaint had come in where the woman told how he would put his arm around her seat when driving, he would make comments to her and ask about her private life, and her relationships, and suggested that they go to a villa in Spain.

He also told her that unless she stopped panicking behind the wheel then he would “nibble her ear”.

The jury heard how the victims were aged between 18 and 39. They said he touched their legs but a

21-year-old woman also claimed he had rubbed her thigh and arm and stroked her hair.

Self-employed Delabertouche, married 32 years and a father of three and a grandfather, denied ten charges of sexual touching. He was found guilty eight offences and cleared of two

Money Box Junction

MoneyboxBritain's most lucrative box junction has earned a council almost £3 million in just a year after trapped more than 100 motorists every day.

The yellow road restriction in Fulham, West London, has been nicknamed the “Money box” after cameras caught more than 40,000 vehicles stopping in it last year.

But local drivers say the junction is a “trap” because the way traffic lights operate makes it almost impossible to avoid stopping in the zone.

It earned Hammersmith and Fulham council £2.7 million in 2011/12 – more than some professional footballers playing nearby would earn.

One motoring group said the lay out left drivers playing “Russian roulette” over whether they are fined or not.

Motorists are only allowed to enter a box junction if their exit is clear and, in London, face fines of up to £130, if they stop.

The “Money box” is at the junction of New King's Road and Bagley's Lane in Fulham, and figures released under the Freedom of Information Act showed 40,634 penalty notices were issued last year.

Motorists say they are encouraged to pull in to the box when one set of lights changes but another set just a little further down the road doesn't change for another 25 to 40 seconds, causing a sudden backing up of traffic.

Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “Even for those with the best of intentions it is often a case of Russian roulette as to whether they get through unpenalised or not.”

A spokeswoman for Hammersmith and Fulham council said no fines would be issued "if the small minority of motorists who block these junctions, and cause additional congestion, just stuck to the rules

More on this and other 'money traps'

Law on driving licence exchange tightened to improve road safety

BeanForeign drivers must prove they have passed an appropriate driving test before getting a British licence under tough new rules announced by Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond.

An inconsistency in the law meant that previously some non EU drivers were able to exchange their licence without proving that the necessary standards to drive in this country had been met.

The change in law means requests to exchange driving licences from outside the EU will only be accepted if the licence holder can prove they passed a driving test in a country where the testing standards are comparable with those in Britain.

Stephen Hammond said:

“The UK's roads are amongst the safest in the world, thanks in part to the rigorous standards demanded by our driving test. By closing this loophole we will not only make Britain's roads even safer, but will help tackle fraud and level the playing field for British drivers who spend time and money learning to drive at the standard required in the UK.

“It is obvious to everyone that drivers who have not been through a rigorous driving test will not be as safe as those who have. This change in the law will mean we can be sure that any foreign drivers exchanging their licence here have already passed a test of a similar standard to ours.”

Licences issued by an EU state

All driving licences issued by an EU state allow that driver to drive in any part of the EU and there is no need for them to exchange their licences. This does not apply to drivers outside Europe but arrangements are in place with 15 countries that allow drivers to exchange their licences for a Great Britain one.

They do not need to take any additional driving tests as DVLA recognise that the licence they hold proves that they have already met the appropriate standards to drive in this country.

Inconsistency in the law

But because of an inconsistency in the law, some foreign drivers were able to exchange a licence with another overseas country with which DVLA have an exchange agreement, and then subsequently swap it for a Great Britain one.

This meant that DVLA could not be sure that the driver had met the appropriate standards to drive in this country before exchanging their licence.

The law will now make clear that the licence to be exchanged will only be issued on the basis that the driver has met the appropriate standards to drive in this country.

The change in law came into force on 11 January 2013.

Professionals most likely to speed

CameraIt looks like people are living up to their stereotypes. Someone's profession can say a lot about the type of car they drive, their age, maybe gender and also speed choice. Professionals in high paid jobs driving fast, powerful cars are more likely to be caught speeding than the average family car, or a car with a smaller engine.

MoneySupermarket has analysed 14 million car insurance quotes run over the past year and reveals that 7 in 10 of all driving convictions are for speeding. The survey has discovered the professions most likely to have points on their licence because of speeding are:

In their defence, they might say that in such high-pressure positions, every minute counts – explaining why so many are driving over the limit.

In the gender split, 9.2% of men have a speeding conviction: a full 3% more than women. It's 40-49 year olds who are most likely to have a conviction, followed by people in their 30s and then 50-64 year olds.

At the other end of the scale sit café workers, building society clerks and students: they're all among the least likely drivers to have been caught speeding. Also younger drivers are the LEAST likely to have a conviction for speeding, with male drivers aged 20-24 having a conviction rate of 7.2%, and females a 4.4% rate.

Motorists driving less...

Three in four motorists are travelling less than a year ago to save money.

The economy measure was disclosed in a survey of more than 9,000 people conducted by the RAC.

Based on responses received in late November last year, the survey came at a time when petrol had slipped from its 2012 peak but reflected overall motoring costs that were still high.

Earlier in 2012, an RAC survey of more than 1,000 motorists had shown that for many households the car was an absolute necessity.

As many as 53 per cent of people said they could only transport their children to school by car, while 57 per cent admitted they could not do a weekly food shop and other essential activities without their vehicle.

More than half (54 per cent) said that without their car they would be unable to get to work, while 63 per cent would be unable to visit family members without their vehicle.

RAC technical director David Bizley said: "We know there was an approximate 12 per cent fall in fuel sales between the first half of 2012 and the same period in 2008 and that the number of driving licence holders is still going up, yet the number of miles driven has fallen since 2008.

"It seems that many people across the UK are struggling to keep up financially and are being held to ransom by the rising cost of fuel.

"Unfortunately, our research shows that for many - particularly those living in rural communities where the local transport network is unable to support the structure of modern life - there is no alternative to using their cars for essential tasks such as food shopping and taking the kids to school."

Scary!

The latest research from Specsavers Corporate Eyecare reveals that one in three drivers do not meet the legal standard of vision for driving.

Over a period of eight months, Specsavers carried out screening tests on visitors to its Drive Safe roadshows. Previous studies had estimated the number of drivers with substandard vision to be one in six.

This new evidence suggests the actual figure could be worse still. The increased risk to all road users is clear but there are also implications to be considered by employers.

With one in three drivers likely to fail to meet the legal eyesight requirements, employers too are at serious risk if they do not have a comprehensive eyecare policy in place.

More than four out of five people with substandard vision were unaware of their failing sight and claimed their vision was good enough to drive safely.