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Lorry driver who dumped 100 tonnes of waste at school jailed

Image copyright EA Image caption The school said beetles hatching from the tip “took over the area” A lorry driver who dumped 100 tonnes of stinking waste on a special school’s car park, landing it with a £22,000 bill, has been jailed for 12 months. Francis Heaton, 61, admitted leaving the pile at Oldham’s Kingfisher Special School, in April 2018. The school’s principal said the smell from “the rotting tip was unbearable”. Judge Paul Lawton told Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court that Heaton, of Gorton, had committed a “deliberate, selfish…

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Mick Schumacher: Ferrari driver academy spot for son of seven-time champion Michael

Mick Schumacher – My dad is my idol Mick Schumacher, son of seven-time champion Michael, has joined the Ferrari driver academy, sources close to the team say. The 19-year-old is embarking on his first season in Formula 2, the final feeder category before Formula 1, with the leading Prema team in 2019. As part of his deal, Mick Schumacher is to drive in two tests with Ferrari this season. Michael Schumacher won five of his record seven world titles with Ferrari. Michael Schumacher, who turned 50 earlier this month, has…

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Rallying: Dakar truck driver excluded after collision with spectator

LIMA (Reuters) – Former Dakar Rally winner Andrey Karginov, competing for Russia’s Kamaz team in the truck category, has been excluded from this year’s event in Peru for failing to stop after a collision with a spectator. The Russian, who won in 2014, was third at the time of the incident on Friday with two wins from the five stages so far. “A 60-year-old man from South Africa, who was watching the race in an unsecured area… was hit by a race truck (#518 Andrey Karginov),” organizers said in a…

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US driver in ‘Bird Box blindfold’ crashes in Utah

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The film has led to a craze in which people attempt everyday tasks while blindfolded Police in the US state of Utah have taken the unusual step of urging residents not to drive blindfolded after an online challenge inspired by a horror film led to a crash. A teenager with her hat over her eyes drove into oncoming traffic in the city of Layton while taking part in the so-called “Bird Box Challenge”. The craze has come from the Netflix film Bird Box, starring…

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Speeding M62 driver told police he wanted a kebab

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The driver told police he was driving to Manchester to buy a kebab A speeding driver told police officers he was in a rush to buy a kebab when he was pulled over for travelling at 123mph on a motorway. The motorist, who was stopped on the M62 in Cheshire at 01:45 GMT, said the reason he was speeding was he “wanted to get a kebab from Manchester”. Officers also discovered he was driving without insurance or a licence. A 23-year-old man will face…

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Driver in Humboldt crash pleads guilty to 29 counts

The driver of the truck that hit the bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos hockey team last April, killing 10 players and six others, pleaded guilty to 29 charges on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: Flowers lie at centre ice as people gather for a vigil at the Elgar Petersen Arena, home of the Humboldt Broncos, to honour the victims of a fatal bus accident in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Canada April 8, 2018. Jonathan Hayward/Pool via REUTERS The driver, Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, entered his plea to 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death and…

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Move aside, backseat driver! New tech at CES monitors you inside car

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – As vehicles get smarter, your car will be keeping eyes on you. This week at CES, the international consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, a host of startup companies will demonstrate to global automakers how the sensor technology that watches and analyzes drivers, passengers and objects in cars will mean enhanced safety in the short-term, and revenue opportunities in the future. Whether by generating alerts about drowsiness, unfastened seat belts or wallets left in the backseat, the emerging technology aims not only to cut back on…

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Uber shootings: Driver pleads guilty to six murders

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Jason Dalton had initially blamed the Uber app for his actions, saying it made him a “puppet” An Uber driver accused of killing six people at random in a shooting spree in the US state of Michigan in 2016 has pleaded guilty to murder, attempted murder and firearms offences. Four people were killed at a restaurant and two at a car dealership in the shootings in the city of Kalamazoo. Jason Dalton, 48, had initially blamed the app for controlling his “mind and body”. But…

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Casper and Corey Platt-May deaths: Coventry driver found dead in cell

Image copyright Family handout Image caption Casper Platt-May (left) and his brother Corey were on a family trip when they were killed A driver who killed two brothers in a hit-and-run crash while high on drugs has been found dead in prison. Robert Brown, 53, was jailed for 10 and a half years for killing Casper Platt-May, two, and Corey, six, as they crossed a road in February. He had previously been jailed for possessing a machete and was let out on licence six days before the crash. Serco, which…

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Uber loses appeal over driver status

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The case centres around former Uber drivers James Farrar (left) and Yaseen Aslam Uber has lost an appeal against a ruling that its drivers should be treated as workers rather than self-employed. In 2016 a tribunal ruled drivers James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam were Uber staff and entitled to holiday pay, paid rest breaks and the minimum wage. That ruling has now been upheld by the Court of Appeal. However, Uber pointed out that one of the three judges agreed with its argument. Uber…

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