A drunken disabled man has been banned from his scooter

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An unconscious disabled man was found under the influence of alcohol at the wheel of his mobility scooter by a police community support officer.

Mr Yusef Khalifa 52 of Old Colwyn, Gwynedd, admitted he had polished off two bottles of wine before going out on his mobility scooter, Llandudno magistrates heard.

He admitted being in charge of a mechanically-propelled vehicle when he was three times over the drink drive limit and also admitted to having a folding knife.

He was found guilty and banned from driving any vehicle for six months.

Mr Yusef Khalifa was also handed a six-month community order, along with a fine and legal costs coming to a total of £385.

Engineer Invents Futuristic Wheelchair For His Best Mate

When engineer Kevin Halsalls best friend Marcus Thompson was left paraplegic after a skiing accident,Kevin decided to develop a wheelchair that would work with the previous active lifestyle of Marcus.

In New Zealand the engineer developed a wheelchair that could be a game changer, called the Ogo and based on the functions of a Segway that lets the rider move precisely, move freely and without using their hands.

He added in features not seen on other wheelchairs like being able to change wheels for going on different terrains, and still being able to travel at 20km, even off road.

4 years in development, the prototype has certainly had a lot of work put into it by Kevin and Marcus and is now in the National Innovators Awards as a finalist, along with which it will also be made available for purchase by the public.

“The disabled are exactly like you and me, they all need freedom and excitement in their life. Ogo takes that to a whole new level. It will go faster, it will go more places and is smaller and lighter than just about anything else.The fact that you can operate it completely hands-free makes Ogo a definite game-changer”.
– Kevin Halsall

Golfer Banned Off Course On Mobility Scooter

77 year old Brian Yates from Lockington has been a member at his golf course in Beverley for over 10 years, but he has now been told mobility scooters are no longer allowed on the course. Brian refers to his scooter as his buggy and because of his age and a heart problem he cannot get out and around the course without it. When the club told him the new he could not believe it, and he has had to leave his club of ten years and all of his friends there and find someone different.

The golf club issued a letter to all its course members informing them of the ban, which has been introduced by the Beverley Pasture Masters, who run the golf course at The Beverley Westwood Golf Club

Stewart Fraser is the director of golf at the club, which rents the land from the Masters.

He said they had now lost three members who use mobility scooters and were disappointed by the new rule.

“We were, of course, very disappointed as it means three of our members will no longer to be able to play on the course, which is regrettable,” he said.

“We tried to fight against the decision but it is out of our hands. We are simply tenants of the land so we have to comply with our landlords and enforce
their orders.”

The Beverley Pasture Masters will talk more on the matter at their next committee meeting on Thursday, October 22.

Clubs old traditions

Centuries-old and being a member of this exclusive group who look after Beverley’s pastures is no easy feat.

To gain membership you must be a Freeman of Beverley, meaning you are the son or daughter of a Freeman.

Twelve Pasture Masters are then voted in every March by other Freeman.

The rules used to be that only sons could become Freeman, but in 2010, the bylaws were changed to allow women to join.

Thousands Of Mobility Scooter Miles For Ex-Soldier

49 year old veteran Mark Newton has already travelled round Wales, and set the world record for the longest distance
travelled on a mobility scooter, and he keeps on going.

Mark’s Military career came to an end after he suffered a leg injury, but now the former army tank driver
is travelling 11,000 miles around the country on a mobility scooter. His original website RoundWales.co.uk
now tracks his journey, and with his other ventures he has covered a whopping total of 17,300.24 Miles
raising £53,032.76 so far.

His current aim around the whole country is to take photos and note every military memorial in the United Kingdom,
with the money raised going to charity.

Currently he is going to be in Somerset over the next few months, with his cats in tow. His epic adventure could take
upto 10 years to complete.

You can keep track of Mark’s journey on his website RoundWales.co.uk and if you wish to donate, you can do this securely
via Virgin Money Giving. Mark is raising the money for Help For Heroes, SSAFA, The Royal British Legion and Lifeboats RNU.