Injured councillor is pleased with the verdict of court case

Councillor and dog owner Gordon Castle is backing the Gazette's campaign about dog mess.
Councillor and dog owner Gordon Castle is backing the Gazette's campaign about dog mess.

A man who seriously injured a Northumberland councillor in a two-vehicle traffic collision has been found guilty of driving without due care and attention.

Alnwick town and county councillor Gordon Castle sustained multiple fractures, a broken sternum, a crushed hand, serious head injuries and other internal and external injuries in the accident, on the B6341, at Humbleheugh, close to South Charlton, on August 22, 2014.

Coun Castle, 68, had to be airlifted to hospital, following the collision between his motorbike and a Peugeot, driven by Oliver Milverton.

Milverton, 24, of The Cottage, Hornby Park, Beadale, North Yorkshire, had denied the charge of driving without due care and attention, but last Friday, at Bedlington magistrates’ court, he was found guilty. He was fined £120, ordered to pay £620 to the Crown Prosecution Service and had six penalty points added to his licence.

Coun Castle, who has no recollection of the incident, said: “I am pleased that the liability for this accident has been placed where it should be and it has been recognised that he made a bad error of judgement and I was in no way responsible.”

According to a summary of the trial, Milverton had attempted to perform a U-turn in a dangerous location and while doing so, was hit by Coun Castle’s motorbike.

In a report, PC Doherty said that Milverton’s view through the interior mirror was nullified by items of bedding that were in the back of his vehicle. He failed to see or hear Coun Castle approaching and pulled out across his path, causing the collision.

Coun Castle, who has made a recovery, but still undergoes physio and medical checks as a result of the crash, has thanked everyone for their support.