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Gladiator crashed lorry load of dead badgers in cull

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: March 15, 2014

  • Gladiator David McIntosh – 'Tornado' – who was driving the vehicle at the time

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The muscular on-off boyfriend of model Kelly Brook crashed a van full of dead badgers during the controversial cull, a court heard yesterday.

Former Royal Marine David McIntosh, 28, a TV personality and "security operative", was hired to transport the dead animals but lost control and ploughed into a bus stop.

He was transporting the dead badgers for disposal as part of the cull in Gloucestershire.

But he swerved the VW Transporter van en route to a furnace in the middle of the night and smashed into a bus stop. He told a court yesterday he lost control when a radio – which police used to pass on intelligence about the location of anti-cull protesters – fell under the brake pedal.

But a witness told Stroud Magistrates Court McIntosh crashed after falling asleep during the night shift in Gloucester city centre just before 1am on September 29.

McIntosh, a TV "Gladiator", did not appear at court but admitted two offences by letter.

He pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention, and also driving otherwise that in accordance with his licence.

The court heard he had managed to get the job despite having his licence for that class of vehicle suspended for running a red light in 2005.

McIntosh, of Altrincham, Cheshire, was fined £91, plus a £20 victim surcharge and £30 prosecution costs. He was given six penalty points.

He told the court he was "unemployed" – which the judge said she had taken into account when deciding the size of the fine.

McIntosh had been employed by a private culling company which had been awarded a cull licence by Natural England.

Passenger John Parker – who suffered bruised ribs, thigh, face and wrist in the crash – told the court he was checking Facebook on his phone when he felt the van change direction.

Reading Mr Parker's statement, Graham Dono, for the prosecution, said: "I looked up after feeling the vehicle change direction to see a bus stop.

"I can't say if he was asleep on not, but when I looked at David both of his hands were on the wheel, but his head was on his chest. I believe his eyes were shut."

Mr Parker shouted and grabbed the wheel, shocking McIntosh who hit the accelerator and smashed into the bus shelter.

In a statement read out in court, McIntosh, a former Royal Marine driver said: "I was carrying badger carcasses to the furnace as I was involved in the cull.

"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 protesters 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."

But district Judge Joti Bopa-Rai said: "It is either that he has fallen asleep or been distracted."

The former Royal Marines commando is a member of the cast on the Sky1 TV series Gladiators under the name Tornado. He has served in Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, Somalia, and the Persian Gulf. He was deployed to Afghanistan in October 2008 for six months.

He has been a regular in the press for his tumultuous love life, and has dated models such as Danielle Lloyd and Kelly Brook.

Around a dozen anti-cull protestors attended the hearing and waved placards outside court.

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