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The pothole that cost a council £10,000

Scott has since got his Ferrari back on the road. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A pothole has cost Peterborough City Council £10,000 after a Ferrari driver took them to court.

Scott Nicholas who lives near Stamford said he did it on principle after his Ferrari 458's wheel and suspension were damaged when he hit the pothole near Ufford.

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Peterborough City Council say they have accepted the court's ruling and will pay the fine.

Scott says he will hand the money to a local children's charity.

"I just think we're expected to put up with it. As if it's a daily occurence. The roads have never been in such a bad state and it has not been a particularly bad winter I don't think."

– Scott Nicholas


Huge rise in spirit sales boosts Suffolk brewers


The expansion of Suffolk brewers Adnams into distilling spirits as well as brewing traditional beers seems to be paying off.

The Southwold based company has just announced a 7% rise in overall sales to the end of December 2016 – but spirit sales have soared by a remarkable 66% in the same period.

There has been a huge resurgence in the sales of gin which is once again considered a smart and fashionable especially among younger drinkers.

Brits bought 40 million bottles last year – enough to make more than a billion gin and tonics – and its sales outstripped growth in beer and sparkling wine. Annual gin sales rose by 16% and passed the £1 bn (POUNDS) barrier for the first time.

Growing demand has also led to a rise in the number of distilleries – 40 new ones opened last year

Volunteers still confident Harwich Mayflower Project will still set sail

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A group of volunteers hoping to build a life-size replica of the Harwich Mayflower say they're confident the project will go ahead - despite funding falling through.

The ship carried English pilgrims over to the New World in 1620.

Now organisers at the Harwich Mayflower Project are hoping to sail the replica to America on the 400th anniversary of its namesake.

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Building did initially start but funds soon dried up but now a new group of trustees has taken over and they're confident they'll see the £4million project through.

The group have applied for a heritage lottery grant and say two television production companies are looking to invest in the project.

"We're now approaching a very big positive turning point, we're confident we're going to move forward... If we can get tourists here to see the Mayflower they will spend more time, all the businesses will benefit, the pubs the cafes all the other attractions will benefit so we need to try and get this up and running.

– Fred Nicholls, The Harwich Mayflower Project

Manhunt for 'armed and dangerous' convicted killer

Andrew McVicar Credit: Essex Police

Detectives in Essex are hunting a convicted killer described as "armed and dangerous" who is on the run after a robbery ended with a grandfather dying from brain injuries. .

Andrew McVicar was just 15 in 1999 when he slashed a stranger's throat with a broken bottle in a town centre Christmas Eve party and his victim bled to death.

Police are appealing for any sightings of McVicar, now 33, described as having a stocky build with tattoos and a Scottish accent but warned the public he should on no account be approached.

The nation-wide hunt follows a robbery in Hullbridge near Rayleigh last Sunday when victim Timothy Smith, 57, his wife and two friends arrived at the friends house just after 11.00pm.

The group, who had spent the evening in a local pub, were confronted by two men wearing balaclavas and gloves. There was a struggle and Mr Smith fell heavily and hit his head on a garden brick wall leaving him with serious brain injuries.

Mr Smith was rushed to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge but died from his injuries 48 hours later.

Mc Vicar, who currently lives in Basildon, is now wanted on suspicion of murder, robbery and possession of a firearm.

He's a dangerous individual and should not be approached. Anyone who has information on his whereabouts is asked to contact my team.

– Detective Inspector Daniel Stoten


Police investigate a rape

Suffolk are investigating reports of a rape in Newmarket.

It happened in the early hours of this morning. The victim is currently with specialist officers, and a scene remains in place at Fred Archer Way between Wellington Street and Exeter Road, known locally as Yellow Brick Road between Market Square and Exeter Road, while enquiries continue.

An 18-year-old man from Newmarket has been arrested in connection with the incident and is currently at Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre, where he will be interviewed by officers.

Man punched during burglary

Essex Police are appealing for information following an aggravated burglary at a house in Herongate, Shoebury, which happened at around 3.45am on Saturday, March 25.

Two men, one armed with a knife, broke in to the address and searched it for money. The occupants, a man and a woman, were present at the time. The man was punched in the face.

The first suspect is described white, 5ft 10ins tall, aged 20-30, of large build, wearing a black hooded top, black tracksuit bottoms and gloves. The second is also white and of a similar height. He wore a red hooded top, black trousers and black gloves and was well built.

Anyone who saw where these men went following the burglary or has any information is asked to contact Southend CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police appeal after 15-year-old boy goes missing

Tyler Clarke Credit: Suffolk Police

Suffolk Police are appealing for help in tracing a missing 15-year-old boy from Melton, Woodbridge.

Tyler Clarke was last seen leaving Ipswich Crown Court, Russell Road, Ipswich at around 12:30pm on Saturday 25th March and has not been seen since.

Tyler is described as black, with short and curly, black hair. Tyler is of slim build and approx. 5 feet 11 inches tall. When he was last seen he was wearing a black Nike hooded top, black jeans and white trainers.

Officers are concerned for his welfare and are asking anyone who has seen Tyler or who has any information on where he may be to contact Suffolk Police on 101.

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