A BNP activist and former teacher has escaped a jail term for driving at three boys after he believed they had been cheeky to him.
Adam Walker, who taught at Houghton Kepier School, pursued the children in a Land Rover and came within yards of a collision as they rode on their bikes, Durham Crown Court heard.
When they fled on foot, he slashed their bike tyres with a craft knife.
He admitted dangerous driving and possessing a bladed instrument and was sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, and banned from driving for 12 months.
Recorder Ben Nolan was told the incident happened in April last year and came after a disturbance when the group had been ticked off over their use of a bouncy castle at a St George’s Day March in Tudhoe.
When they saw Walker removing bunting from his car with a knife, they verbally abused him and they thought he was going to chase them away again.
The 43-year-old set off after them and at one stage drove over the village green behind one of the boys, who were all aged between 10 and 12.
Lloyd Morgan, mitigating, said apart from an eight-year-old conviction for drink-driving, Walker was of good character, “having shown commitment not just to the community but to the country,” adding he had learned his lesson.
The court was told Walker is facing a hearing before the BNP’s investigative committee later this month and could be suspended from his post.
Recorder Nolan said Walker had suffered a “rush of blood to the head” and added: “I clearly hope your employers continue to value your good work as they have in the past and that they regards this episode as an utter aberration.”
The BNP staff manager, whose responsibilities include duties for the party’s member of the European Parliament, resigned from Houghton Kepier after his boss asked IT staff to investigate his use of the internet.
He was later put before the General Teaching Council accused, but cleared of, racism after posting a comment online which said immigrants were “savage animals”, but found guilty of a single charge of misconduct after admitting using a laptop during lessons.
The hearing, in 2010, ruled Walker, of Winchester Court, Spennymoor, could remain on the teaching register, but must tell prospective employers of the terms of a conditional restriction order imposed on him.