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Halfords apologises after mechanic takes MOT car for 'test drive'

High Street giant Halfords has apologised after a customer caught one of its mechanics speeding in his car while it was booked in for an MOT.

Halfords apologises after mechanic takes MOT car for 'test drive' Credit: David Jones/PA

Shaun Ingram, from Saltash, Cornwall, took his Ford Focus ST in to a garage in Plymouth and unwittingly left his dash-cam running.

The camera, which Mr Ingram said was clearly visible in the car recorded almost seven hours of footage including the mechanic swearing and talking about test-driving the car.

Mr Ingram made an official complaint and Halfords apologised and offered to refund the £255 for the MOT and service.

On this occasion we have let our customer down but we want to reassure all our customers that this is an isolated incident.

We are treating this as a priority. Rest assured that we take issues like this very seriously ensuring that all 300 Halfords Autocentres adhere to all road test procedures.

The mechanic no longer works at Halfords and we are taking this opportunity to rebrief our procedures to ensure that this does not occur again in the future.

– Halfords spokesperson

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Ex-head, 95, in court charged with child sex offences

Jack Mount, from Devon, is expected to enter pleas to a total of 32 charges during a hearing at Birmingham Crown Court Credit: PA

A 95-year-old retired headteacher accused of committing a string of historic sex offences against children will appear in court today.

Jack Mount, from Devon, is expected to enter pleas to a total of 32 charges against against six girls and six boys between 1954 and 1979 at Birmingham Crown Court.

The pensioner, who was born in May 1919, is accused of nine counts of rape, six of gross indecency, nine of indecent assault, and eight other sexual offences.

He worked at the privately-run Brookside School, near Craven Arms, Shropshire but one of the offences is alleged to have been committed in Barnsley, West Yorkshire, in the mid-1950s, while three allegedly occurred in Birmingham between 1957 and 1962.

Twenty eight charges relate to allegations of sexual abuse against boys and girls said to have taken place in south Shropshire between 1967 and 1979.

A previous hearing was told that Mount denies all the charges.

Residents describe shock at alleged pub axe murder

Local residents have described their shock following an alleged axe and knife attack at a pub which left one man dead and several others injured.

A murder investigation has been launched following the attack at The Kings Arms in Tamerton Foliot, Plymouth. Credit: SWNS

One local, who came home after 2am to see the police activity, told the Western Morning News that the incident was "not the sort of stuff you expect in Tamerton".

Another added: "It’s a very close community and everyone says hello to each other and stops to chat. It’s a big shock.”

Phil Edmonds, who has lived in the area for a while, told the BBC: "This is such a lovely little village, it is really shocking, I was gobsmacked really."

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