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Judge calls airport's drop-off charge a "disgrace" as teacher avoids jail for driving into worker

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A teacher who drove into an airport worker following a row over a new £3 drop-off charge has been spared jail after a judge said he agreed the levy was an "absolute disgrace".

 

Graham Benbow, 55, flew into a rage at Manchester Airport when he was told he would have to pay a fee for dropping off a passenger at a departure terminal.

 

An airport official tried to stop Benbow from driving his Mazda through an open barrier but ended up on the car's bonnet before he was carried along a road for several hundred yards, Manchester's Minshull Street Crown Court heard.

 

Benbow, a psychology teacher at Altrincham Grammar School, went over a roundabout before he stopped for police.

 

The unnamed worker was uninjured in the incident but said he "genuinely believed he could die from falling off the bonnet."

 

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/judge-calls-airport-apos-drop-172437507.html


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If you read the full report the parking contractor threw himself on the car rather than let it past an open barrier. Now, if the driver hadnt had carried on for a hundred yeards could they have claimed that the parking bod was the aggressor and guilty of assault and criminal damage to the vehicle as there is nothing in law that would allow them to take that action just to ask someone if they had paid a fee or intended to?

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I'm happy that no one got hurt but an airport 'spokesman' said...

 

 

Anyone who has experienced an attack of this nature would be appalled by the judge's comments and attitude towards determining a suitable punishment for criminal driving

 

 

No! The judge was delivering an opinion of today's money money culture and delivered his judgement based on what he heard. :roll:


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I was there yesterday and it amazed me how big their (edit) must be to implement this. What next...5 quid to use the junction off the motorway?

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I really hope that's a joke, however I would have said that about Manchester and their £3 charge.

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You could always drive really slowly and have your passengers jump out avoiding the charge!:wink:


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