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Former head given year’s ban for being over limit

DRIVING BAN: Former head teacher Clive Close
DRIVING BAN: Former head teacher Clive Close

A FORMER Wincheap head teacher has been banned from driving for a year after failing a breath test. Clive Close, 56, was the head at Wincheap Primary School when officers pulled his car over in Canterbury on December 17 last year. Given a breath test at the end of a night out with friends, Close’s breath was found to contain 93 mffligrammes of blood alcohol. The legal limit is 80 milligrammes. Since the incident, Close has left the school for a job at Ofsted. Speaking at Canterbury Magistrates’ Court, Hugh Roberts, defending, said Close had shared a bottle of wine with friends but did not feel unable to drive.

“He had paid for his car to be parked until the following morning and was planning to get a lift home. But he didn’t feel at all impaired to drive and decided to drive — a decision he now regrets,”

said Mr Roberts.

“He was shocked to find he was over the limit and apologises to the court.”

As well as the ban, Close was fined £800 plus costs. Before leaving for Ofsted, Close had been head teacher at Wincheap Primary School for six years. The former member of the Royal Marines received his postgraduate certificate in education from Canterbury Christ Church University before taking up the post.

Herne Bay Times, February 4th 2015

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