On-off boyfriend of Kelly Brook, David McIntosh, crashed a van of dead badgers into a bus stop while helping police with Gloucestershire’s badger cull.
David McIntosh – the on-off boyfriend of model Kelly Brook – has been found guilty of driving without due care and attention after he crashed his van of dead badgers into a bus stop. You couldn’t make it up.
McIntosh, a former star of the ‘Gladiators’ TV show, had been hired as a ‘security operative’ by a private company to transport the dead badgers for disposal at a furnace in Gloucestershire. He claimed he lost control of his VW Transporter van after the radio he had been given to receive messages from the polce fell under the foot pedals.
McIntosh said: “The radio was always kept in the vehicle on the dashboard so we could easily hear and keep up with police as to where the protestors were. It was blocking the clutch and the brake. Before I retrieved it I was heading off the road. I started to brake but it was too late.”
Passenger John Parker described a different story. He told Stroud Magistrates he had been checking Facebook when when he felt the van change direction. Prosecutor Graham Dono read Parker’s statement in court: “I looked up after feeling the vehicle change direction to see a bus stop. I can’t say if he was asleep or not, but when I looked up at David both of his hands were on the wheel, but his head was on his chest. I believe his eyes were shut.”
McIntosh, who recently got back together with Brook after their split from a six-week relationship, was fined £91, together with a £20 victim surcharge and £30 prosecution costs. He was also given six penalty points on his license.
Badger culling is an attempt to control bovine tuberculosis. In late 2013, more than 1,000 badgers were culled in Gloucestershire and Somerset. Around a dozen anti-cull protestors who attended the hearing waved placards outside the court, claiming there were was a ‘collusion’ between cull workers and police.
“It certainly goes against what we have always been told about the police being even handed,” Jude Walker, of Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting, commented: ” And what happened to the badgers?” A very good question, indeed.
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