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Shooting champ is cleared of road rap.

A clay pigeon shooting champion has been cleared of driving his car at his former policeman neighbour.

James Farr, 57, was charged after Sergeant Allan Jackson claimed he sped towards him and missed him by inches.

The officer and his three children were about to enter their home in Crosshouse, Ayrshire, when Farr's Vauxhall Insignia appeared.

Sgt Jackson, 45, said: "I recognised the car and when it came in, it seemed to speed up. I was standing there assuming it would stop but it just continued straight at me.

"It showed no signs of slowing down and my children were behind me.

"If they hadn't been there, I would have jumped clear but I stood my ground to act as a barrier."

Sgt Jackson told Kilmarnock Sheriff Court the car stopped less than a foot from him and he saw construction boss Farr with a big grin on his face.

He said he then took his children into the house and said nothing to Farr.

Farr, now of Ayr, denied charges and Sheriff Brian Murphy found him not guilty of driving aggressively towards Sgt Jackson in January 2012.

In March, Sgt Jackson was cleared of breaching data protection laws after earlier ordering colleagues to carry out firearms licence checks on Farr.

He alleged Farr - a member of the Scottish clay pigeon shooting team - had pretended to shoot him in a dispute over his home extension plans.

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 5, 2013
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