Specialist pig vet Graham Wheeler, of Wells, Somerset, is to seek libel damages over stories which appeared in the News of the World and the Solihull Evening Mail. Wheeler, who specialises in intensive livestock rearing, has issued a High Court libel writ against author Jennifer Morgan following the News of the World story on 9 October headed 'You filthy swine' and 'Pig prof sent sexy faxes to herb girl', and the 10 October Solihull Evening Mail story headed 'Pestered author wins pig man ban'.
Writ issued by Burrough & Co, St Mellons, Cardiff. W1282
A Ewell man who had to give up his dream of becoming a professional footballer as a result of injuries he received when a Ford Fiesta, in which he was a passenger crashed, is suing the driver for compensation. Russell Beckwith, 20, suffered severe multiple injuries in the crash on 17 January last year. The writ says before the accident he had good prospects of becoming a professional footballer. He is suing Ricky James, of Morden, Surrey for damages after the accident.
Writ issued by Sebastian Coleman & Co, London EC4. B3009
Greenwich Health Authority and two doctors are being sued for damages by a woman who gave birth seven months after being sterilised. Anne O'Shea, of Eltham, who gave birth to a son in June 1991, alleges negligent failure to recognise she was pregnant and seeks compensation, including the cost of bringing up her son.
Writ issued by Sheridan & Co, Kingston upon Thames. 01543
Leicester Fire Service and the city's De Montfort University face High Court claims by the victims of an incident in which "noxious vapours and substances" are said to have been released from the university. Writs have been issued by four who claim they suffered as a result of the incident on 28 October, 1991 at the university's Hawthorn Building.
The four individuals accuse the university of negligence, breach of duty, breach of employment contracts and creating a nuisance from noxious vapours and substances of the university.
In their claim against the fire service they also allege negligence and breach of duty.
Writs issued by solicitors Josiah Hincks Son & Bullough, Leicester, and Bruce Piper, director of legal services for Unison.