A veteran driving instructor – and decorated Sergeant Major from the British Army – was today jailed for eight years for sexually assaulting six of his young pupils during lessons.
Frank Barham, from Ellesmere Port, was branded a “predator” by a judge today for the way the now-69-year-old targeted his “vulnerable” victims over a period of 17 years.
At Chester Crown Court , Judge Patrick Thompson told the “remorseless” former soldier, who served for 22 years in the forces: “Underlying your public persona was a cunning sexual predator who hid a dark secret from those who knew him best.”
The relay began on October 24 in Jersey, before making it’s way through Northern Ireland and now it’s currently making it’s way through England, entering Hampshire on Thursday November 14 with lead drivers taking on the box for hour sessions throughout the day.
Eastleigh driving instructor James McClafferty is taking part in the relay between 1pm until 2pm on November 14 as he takes the box from a Tesco Extra, Bursledon to a Holiday Inn in Winchester.
He said: “I am lucky enough to be the lead driver for a local leg and I am really looking forward to it! I am really excited because I have wanted to do it for a few years now, and now I get the chance.”
Two Fife driving instructors and their learners are taking part in a special challenge for Children in Need.
Lynne Bryson, who teaches in north east Fife and Dundee, and Euan Patrick, who covers the East Neuk and up to St Andrews, are taking part in the Big Learner Relay for Children in Need.
The three-week event, now in its sixth year, sees learners and instructors across the UK relaying a top box from one driving lesson to the next.
The relay began in Northern Ireland on October 24 and will finish at the National Space Centre on November 15, with each team also joined on the journey by Louise Walsh, the Hampshire driving instructor who first came up with the idea.