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Gelt Gladiator founder sentenced in court for health and safety breaches

Mike James was given a 10-month suspended sentence Credit: ITV Border

The founder of a muddy endurance event, held near Brampton, has been sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court for health and safety breaches.

Mike James, of Endurance Sports which runs the Gelt Gladiator event, was given a 10-month sentence suspended for two years, today, Thursday 27 July.

He was found guilty for failing to ensure people were not exposed to health and safety risks and failing to report an incident to Carlisle City Council within 10 days.

He was instructed to wear a tag for 15 weeks, from 9pm to 6am, and to pay £20,000 in costs.

He also has to do 250 hours of community service.

Teacher tells jury he never touched child inappropriately

Harrison gave evidence from the witness box at Carlisle Crown Court Credit: ITV Border

A teacher has told jurors he never put his hands down the top of a girl as she has alleged. However, 26-year-old David Harrison says he did browse "real life" internet child sex abuse stories on his laptop.

Harrison gave evidence from the witness box at Carlisle Crown Court today, Thursday 27 July. He is on trial having denied four charges which alleged he sexually assaulted a girl aged under 13 by putting his hands down her top and rubbing her chest.

Harrison's internet history revealed visits to four web pages "which each contained an explicit story involving sexual behaviour between an adult and a child". He told jurors he accessed the material "accidentally" and merely out of "concern".

The court heard Harrison, of Friars Garth, Abbeytown, is a man of good character. The trial continues.

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