Teacher loses payout claim

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A TEACHER treated in hospital in Sheffield after he was left paralysed when he broke his neck in a freak welly-wanging accident on a school trip has lost his claim for more than £5 million in damages.

Glennroy Blair-Ford was on a week of outdoor activities with his secondary school pupils on Dartmoor in April 2007 when he took part in a ‘Mini Olympics’ event on the final night.

One of the games involved children and adults throwing wellington boots as far as they could, with the teachers handicapped by having to throw backwards through their legs.

But the 45-year-old teacher swung his boot and was propelled head-first to the ground.

Mr Blair-Ford fractured his neck and will spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair.

He was treated in Sheffield after his accident and now lives in a nursing home.

The teacher sued CRS Adventures Ltd, operators of an outdoor pursuits centre at the River Dart Country Park in Devon, but a High Court judge dismissed his case and ordered that he makes an interim payment of £100,000 in legal costs.