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Darlington crash: Mum saved son from killer driver in ‘last act of care’

Image copyright Durham Police Image caption Stuart Levy claimed the Kirkups had run out when the lights were on green A speeding driver who was not wearing his glasses when he hit a mother and her son on a pedestrian crossing has been jailed for more than five years. Shantelle Kirkup died after being struck on St Cuthbert’s Way, Darlington, in May last year. Her “last act of care” was to propel her six-year-old son out of the path of Stuart Levy. Levy, 37, admitted causing death by dangerous driving…

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Polish Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica returns to the sport after a serious accident

In 2011 Polish Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica was one of the leading drivers in F1 when he suffered a life-changing accident. Now he’s making a comeback. Kubica, who will drive for Williams this season, has only partial movement in his right arm after it was partially severed in the accident. He has been through extensive recovery and rehabilitation in the intervening period, including competing in the world rally championship for a couple of years. Kubica’s injuries mean he cannot grip a steering wheel in the conventional way with his…

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Uber driver kidnapped passenger to boost fare

Image caption The trip started in Manhattan and its destination was changed to Boston, more than 200 miles away An Uber driver has pleaded guilty to kidnapping a sleeping passenger, after driving her more than 60 miles from her destination to boost his fare. She had awoken to find the driver “with his hand under her shirt”, court records said, and when she had tried to call for help, he had grabbed her phone She had then fled, only to find herself in Connecticut instead of New York. Complaining to…

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F1 to award point to driver who sets fastest lap in a grand prix

Lewis Hamilton (left) and Sebastian Vettel are again expected to be two of the main protagonists in the battle for the F1 drivers’ title Formula 1 has confirmed it will change its scoring system this year by giving a point to the driver who sets the fastest lap in a grand prix. The move is part of an attempt to make the sport more appealing and so grow audiences. Drivers will only receive the extra point if they also finish in the top 10 in the race. It was formally…

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Formula E: British driver Sam Bird wins controversial Hong Kong ePrix

Formula E: GB’s Sam Bird wins dramatic Hong Kong E-Prix British driver Sam Bird won a controversial Hong Kong ePrix following a late overtake on the final lap. Polesitter Stoffel Vandoorne lost the lead off the line going into the first corner as Oliver Rowland of Nissan E-dams took the lead with a better start. Bird then took the lead after Rowland’s car stopped on track causing a safety car. However, Andre Lotterer of DS Techeetah passed Bird after he ran wide and led for much of the race, with…

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F1 to award point to driver who sets fastest lap in a grand prix

Lewis Hamilton (left) and Sebastian Vettel are again expected to be two of the main protagonists in the battle for the F1 drivers’ title Formula 1 is set to change its scoring system this year by giving a point to the driver who sets the fastest lap in a grand prix. The move is part of a bid to make F1 more appealing and increase audiences. Bosses of F1 discussed the idea after fan surveys threw it up as one of many proposals that might add extra interest to races.…

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Digger driver jailed for destroying Hertfordshire homes

Image copyright Hertfordshire Constabulary Image caption Five new houses belonging to McCarthy and Stone were damaged A builder who caused nearly £1m in damage when he wrecked five newly built houses with a digger has been jailed. Daniel Neagu, 31, filmed himself and whooped in delight as he destroyed the properties in a dispute over wages. The 31-year-old of Harrow, north-west London had admitted criminal damage to the homes in Buntingford, Hertfordshire, on 11 August. Sentencing Neagu to four years, Judge Stephen Warner said the “wanton vandalism” was a “pure…

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Derbyshire 100mph police chase driver jailed

A man who led police on a 14-minute chase in which he reached speeds of up to 100mph (161km/h) has been jailed. Christopher Khalfan crossed on to the other side of the road and crashed into several cars as he was pursued through towns in Derbyshire, including Ilkeston, Heanor and Marlpool. Derbyshire Police said Khalfan reached 100mph on the A610, near Awsworth, Nottinghamshire. The 22-year-old, of Burnside Road, Nottingham, admitted dangerous driving, driving without insurance and driving while disqualified last month and was jailed for 15 months at Derby Crown…

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Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes driver braced for ‘toughest battle yet’

Hamilton won his fifth World Championship in 2018 Lewis Hamilton says he is braced for his “toughest battle yet” after conceding Ferrari have had the best car in pre-season testing. The five-time world champion believes his Mercedes team’s deficit to Ferrari is “potentially half a second”. However, Hamilton ended the final test day just 0.003 seconds slower than Sebastian Vettel’s pace-setting time. “Last year there were many occasions we as a team were behind on performance and had to achieve,” Hamilton added. “We were not behind anywhere near as much…

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Amazon delivery driver convicted over family dog theft

Image copyright Richard Guttfield Image caption Wilma disappeared from her home in Buckinghamshire An Amazon driver who stole a family’s pet when he was delivering dog food has been given a 12-month community order. Levi Pislea, 22, snatched Richard Guttfield’s miniature schnauzer, Wilma, when he delivered the order. It sparked an online appeal to trace the 11-month-old missing hound. Pislea, of Beaconsfield Road, Barnet was found guilty of theft by magistrates at High Wycombe. He was ordered to carry out 150 hours’ unpaid work. Mr Guttfield discovered Wilma – who…

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