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Watch dumper truck pursuit through Norfolk as driver is jailed …

The truck rams a police car on a slip road on the A11. Archant A drug-addled dumper truck driver who led police on a carnage-strewn 37-mile chase across Norfolk and Suffolk has been sentenced to 14 months behind bars. embedded content The dumper truck came to a stop on Thetford Road in Brandon. Picture: Antony Kelly Following an argument with his employer, Nicholas Churchill, 40, who had taken drugs, took the truck on July 20 last year.

He was pursued from Norwich to Brandon and destroyed police cars and street furniture along the way, causing tens of thousands of pounds of damage. In his first court appearance at Norwich Magistrates Court last month, Churchill, of Mounts Pit Lane, Brandon, pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous driving and admitted being under the influence of drugs at the time. Damage caused to one of the police patrol cars after a low-speed chase involving a stolen dumper truck.

Photo: Norfolk Police/PA Wire First footage of dumper truck pursuit shows vehicle passing through Brandon market square 1 1 Sentencing him at Norwich Crown Court today, Judge Anthony Bate said it was a shocking piece of sustained dangerous driving , aggravated by the circumstances in which Churchill took the vehicle and his prior drug usage. You left a trail of destruction of police vehicles in your wake and put the lives of officers and members of the public at risk, he said. The trail of destruction on the A11 caused by the dumper truck.

Picture: Antony Kelly Police were alerted at around 12.30pm and suspected the vehicle was stolen when it was spotted careering across the Thickthorn roundabout, south of Norwich. However, it transpired Churchill had taken the 19-tonne articulated dumper truck from his employer at Spixworth quarry following an argument about the air conditioning in his cab. Prosecuting, Andrew Oliver said: This is in itself a dangerous vehicle to be driven on public roads.

After six police cars and a helicopter were gathered to give chase along the A11, the 40-year-old led them on a weaving pursuit along the A140, A11, A134, Santon Road, Methwold Road, Cranwich Heath Road, the B1112, B1106 and Rectory Lane, Brandon. Nicholas Churchill has been sentenced to 14 months. Picture: Norfolk Police The truck was described as swerving violently and missing other cars by inches as it travelled down the dual carriageway, Mr Oliver said.

Three police cars 2 2 were badly damaged in the two-hour rampage, one with an officer inside who miraculously escaped uninjured. PC Simone Sutcliffe, a serving officer for 20 years, said of the incident: I have been hit and spit at, I have been involved in other pursuits, but I have never been so terrified in my career. The court was shown video footage of the chase, filmed from the police helicopter and police cars in pursuit, and heard evidence from officers involved who said they were petrified and feared for their lives .

Mr Oliver described Churchill s driving as erratic and dangerous . He caused alarm to other road users who had to take evasive action, he added. With the specific targeting of police vehicles and the fear those police officers understandably had, this is a very serious case of extremely poor driving.

Before coming to rest in Thetford Road, Brandon, Churchill had racked up a repair bill of 26,572.36 to police property, as well as causing around 1,500 of damage to his own vehicle and incurring a 600 fee to his employer to have the undriveable truck recovered. You currently have JavaScript disabled, functionality will be limited Dumper truck pursuit The cost of damage to street furniture is as yet unknown. Mr Oliver said a blood test showed Churchill to be under the influence of amphetamine, cocaine and cannabis at the time of his arrest.

Arresting officers also seized 0.6g of amphetamine from him. Representing Churchill, Lindsay Cox said: He (Churchill) has not sought to attempt to excuse anything he did in the course of that period. Of Churchill s dispute with his employer, Mr Cox said: The defendant had mentioned on more than one occasion his dissatisfaction of doing hot work in his cab in heated temperatures when there was in this vehicle no air conditioning.

The red mist descended and what happened after that he doesn t and cannot explain. Mr Cox said Churchill s employer had described him as a good and decent worker and considered his actions on that day to be completely out of character . He added that Churchill, a father of one, was more concerned about the impact his imprisonment would have on his 14-year-old son, who he cared for as a single parent.

His principle concern has not been for himself, but for his son, he said. Judge Bate sentenced him to 14 months imprisonment for aggravated vehicle taking, with concurrent sentences of 14 months for dangerous driving, four months for driving while unfit through drugs, and two months for possession of a Class B drug. He also received a concurrent sentence of 14 months for criminal damage, which Mr Bate said he regarded as quite inadequate in the circumstances of your criminality .

In addition, Churchill was given a two-year driving ban.

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Three police cars wrecked in dumper truck chase Ι Construction …

Grant Prior 1 | Thu 23rd July | 7:00 Three police cars were damaged during a chase with a stolen 30-tonne dumper truck along the A11 in Norwich. A 39-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident on suspicion of attempted murder, dangerous driving, taking a vehicle without consent, failing to stop for police, driving under the influence of drugs and possession of a Class A drug. He was questioned by officers at Wymondham Police Investigation Centre following the chase on Monday and has been released on bail while enquiries continue until Monday 28 September.

During the incident three police cars were damaged; a Ford Focus and Volvo have been written off while a BMW X5 suffered minor damage and will be repaired. The cost of the damage is estimated to be more than 50,000. The truck was taken from a site in Spixworth and officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen the vehicle being driven from here to Cringleford.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Andy Vinsen, from Norwich CID, said: We re keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed this incident and who hasn t already spoken with officers. In particular, we want to trace two motorists who were driving in the wooded area between Methwold and Mundford and at about 1.45pm on Monday who witnessed the damage of a BMW X5 marked police car. These were a silver Ford Fiesta which was being driven by an elderly woman and a metallic blue Ford Focus driven by a middle-aged woman.

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Police cars written off after low-speed dumper truck chase …

Two police cars had to be written off after a low-speed chase involving a stolen dumper truck. Norfolk police followed the stolen vehicle as it drove dangerously for 37 miles along A-roads at an average speed of 18.5mph. Three police cars were damaged in the chase at a cost of more than 50,000.

A Ford Focus and a Volvo were written off while a BMW suffered minor damage and will be repaired, the force said. All of them were marked cars. The incident began at about 12.30pm on Monday in Cringleford on the outskirts of Norwich.

The truck was eventually brought to a stop in Brandon, Suffolk, at 2.30pm. Investigating officer, Detective Constable Andy Vinsen, faid: “We’re keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed this incident and who hasn’t already spoken with officers. “In particular, we want to trace two motorists who were driving in the wooded area between Methwold and Mundford and at about 1.45pm on Monday who witnessed the damage of a BMW X5 marked police car. “These were a silver Ford Fiesta which was being driven by an elderly woman and a metallic blue Ford Focus driven by a middle-aged woman.” The truck was taken from a site in the village of Spixworth and officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen the vehicle being driven from here to Cringleford. A 39-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Anyone with information should contact Norwich CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Body of a man found in the woods off Marriotts Way near Norwich …

Body of a man found in the woods off Marriotts Way near Norwich 11:59 25 April 2015 Kieran Lynch 1 Marriott’s Way runs through the wood near Felthorpe. Picture by SIMON FINLAY. Archant Norfolk.

A body of a man has been discovered in the woods off Marriotts Way, in Felthorpe near Norwich. Share link shares Police were called to the scene at 8.30am after concerns were raised over the welfare of a man in his 40s. The man s body was discovered in the woodlands soon after arrival.

A police spokesman said that the death is not being treated as suspicious and that the man s next of kin has been informed. Ben Freeman, 38 of Spixworth said he received a text message from his girlfriend Sharon Douglas, 37, of Reepham Road who noticed the police activity. He said: I received a text message from my girlfriend who saw eight police cars on Reepham Road near Marriotts Way and two police cars at the car park on Covert Road at around 10.45am.

The Police officers were all lined up near the front of the woods as though they were about to go in it looks pretty major. There have also been reports that air ambulance and other emergency services were on the scene at around 10.30am on the road heading towards Swannington. More information to come.

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