Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

BNP Activist Loses Classroom Return Bid

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

BNP Activist Loses Classroom Return Bid

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Byline: Patrick Joseph Reporter jnl.newsdesk@ncjmedia.co.uk

ABNP activist banned from the teaching profession for slashing children's bicycle tyres has failed to convince a judge that he was personally targeted by Education Secretary Michael Gove in a show of political bias.

Former Sunderland teacher Adam Walker's claim that Mr Gove took a personal hand in making sure he never worked in a classroom again was based upon "nothing more than suspicion and innuendo", said Judge Clive Heaton QC.

Mr Walker, 44, had shouted and sworn at three young boys whilst holding a Stanley knife and deserved to be struck off the register of teachers without any possibility of review, he added.

The former teacher at Houghton Kepier Sports College, in Houghtonle-Spring, lost his temper during a St George's Day parade held by the English Cultural Society outside the Green Tree pub in Tudhoe, County Durham, in April 2011.

He was removing bunting from his black Land Rover, using a stanley knife, when at least two of the boys verbally abused him.

After the youngsters took off on their bikes, his furious response - later described by a judge as "extremely dangerious" - was to leap behind the wheel of his car and set off in pursuit.

The terrified boys eventually abandoned their bicycles and ran off, but Mr Walker got out of his car and slashed their tyres with the knife.

When tracked down by police, Mr Walker denied everything, insisting it was a case of mistaken identity and that he had been been in the pub all day. When the stanley knife was found in his Land Rover, he said he had used it to slash a tyre on his wife's car.

However, he eventually came clean and pleaded guilty to having a bladed article and three counts of damaging the bike tyres. He also admitted to a Public Order Act offence and dangerous driving.

Although the sentencing judge was shown good reports about him, Mr Walker was handed an 18-month suspended jail term. …

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