devastated Chemotherapy teaCher sues her sChool London Lite Tuesday, 1 September 2009 15 by tim stewart Inbrief shannonkidnap townsrelaunch THE Yorkshire town of Dewsbury plans to re-brand itself as an international centre of excellence in child welfare. Councillors are to fight the notoriety gained last year after Shannon Matthews, aged nine, was kidnapped and falsely imprisoned by her mother in a plot to claim a 50,000 reward. Get fit by joining city jogging tour AN exercise class involving a tour of Londons landmarks could be the next big fitness craze. City Jogging Tours offers guided runs around the London Eye, Big Ben and Houses of Parliament. The sight-jogging trips range from 6km to 12km and cost 26-38. Go to www.cityjoggingtours.co.uk Caretakers50k benefits fraud A MAN claimed 50,000 in incapacity benefit while working as a 36,000-a-year caretaker for the National Union of Teachers. Keith Duncan, 43, of Harrow, also swindled 30,000 in housing and council tax benefits. He admitted fraud at Harrow Crown Court and will be sentenced later this month. I had cancer but nursery sacked me by email A TEACHER who claims she was sacked by email while suffering from cancer is suing her former nursery school employer for disability discrimination. Melinda Bodnar, 27, was given a 30 per cent chance of survival after being diagnosed with bowel cancer last November. Surgeons removed an aggressive tumour but Miss Bodnar had to undergo chemotherapy for seven months. The experienced teacher claims she missed only a few weeks of work. But she alleges that while off sick in March from the private Oaktree Nursery School in Balham, south-west London, she received an email from the schools owner, Annabel Dixon, dismissing her. It is alleged the message read: I so hope you are finding the chemo easier now and not feeling too awful? You will see that you havent been paid for this month -- you have been on full pay up until now but I am afraid I cant manage that any longer as I am sure you will understand. Miss Bodnar, of Clapham, has not worked since and is seeking 25,000 in compensation from the school for loss of earnings and hurt feelings. In legal papers submitted to South London Employment Tribunal, Miss Bodnar tells how she joined the school, based at Balham Baptist Church Hall, in January last year. At Mrs Dixons request, she also worked at nearby 345 Nursery, which is connected to the school. She was earning less than 10,000 a year. Recalling the email, Miss Bodnar says: With that she terminated my pay and jobs at Oaktree and 345. There was no meeting. It was devastating. The school denies discrimination and claims Miss Bodnar had resigned in September, two months before her diagnosis. Its solicitor, Martin Kay, said that after meeting a new boy- friend, Hungarian Miss Bodnar asked to withdraw her resignation but by then the vacancy had been filled. A POLICE dog handler had to be rescued from a kennel after accidentally locking herself inside. WPC Beverly Webber drove home after her shift at Gatwick airport with bomb detection dog Ellie. As she settled the hound in her kennel in the garden for the night, WPC Webber crawled inside to rearrange a blanket. But the wind blew the kennel door shut, trapping the officer inside and Ellie outside. After trying in vain to force the door, WPC Webber had to phone her husband to come and let her out. She admitted: I was well and truly stuck. Policehoundhandlersreallyinthedoghouse Lawsuit: Melinda Bodnar is seeking 25,000 H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html