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Jail for driver who paralysed his passenger while showing off

Video footage taken from Johnson’s phone from the collision:

A man who caused the passenger in his car to be paralysed while ‘showing off’ has been jailed.

Tom Johnson, 21, of Lophams Close, Haverhill was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment at Cambridge Crown Court on March 10 after pleading guilty to causing injury by dangerous driving.

After leaving a pub in Upware on April 23 last year, Johnson decided to take his 27-year-old passenger along Great Drove, a known bumpy road, on the way back to Haverhill.

The court heard how Johnson decided to record the journey in an attempt to ‘show off’ and share it with his friends.

However, Johnson hit a bump and lost control of his white Toyota Yaris before crashing into a tree at about 61mph. After the crash Johnson used his phone to take selfies of himself and his passenger, who was trapped and covered in blood.

His passenger sustained life changing injuries and is now paralysed from the chest down. He requires round the clock care.

Johnson chose to take that road for the excitement and thrill and in an attempt to show off to his friends.

The speeds set on any road are an absolute maximum and as a driver the onus is on you to drive at a speed which is safe for the road and the conditions.

Johnson’s passenger now lives with first-hand proof of how a vehicle can turn into a lethal weapon when in in the wrong hands.

– PC Leigh Fenton

Johnson was also disqualified from driving for three years and will undergo an extended re-test.

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Appeal after cat shot in leg with air gun pellet in Suffolk

Officers are appealing for information after a cat was injured by an air gun pellet in the Millfields Way area of Haverhill.

The incident took place at some point between 2pm and 3pm on Sunday 30 October.

The two-year-old black and white cat was shot in the leg with what is believed to be an air rifle. She subsequently required emergency vet treatment and is now recovering.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Haverhill Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101, quoting reference 64058/16.

Man, 25, arrested after police negotiations

A 25-year-old man has been arrested after "a period of negotiation" with police in Suffolk.

Officers were call to an address in Haverhill just after 5am on Sunday.

"A number of police vehicles were initially present at the scene but after a period of negotiation a 25-year-old male was arrested at the scene and taken into custody."

– Suffolk Police spokesman.

Pride of Britain East Nominees: Rose Felloni

Video report by ITV News Anglia’s Kate Prout

All this week we're announcing our nominees for the ITV Fundraiser of the Year in the East. We asked for your nominations for people in our region that go the extra mile to help others and raise money for charity. The winner will be heading to the glitzy Daily Mirror Pride of Britain awards later this month.

Our third nominee is Rose Felloni from Haverhill in Suffolk. Rose is a great granny who has performed some extraordinary fundraising feats over the years.

Pedestrian killed in late night crash

The crash happened in Haverhill. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A pedestrian has died following a road crash in Haverhill in Suffolk.

It happened on the A1017 at 11:15pm on Monday night, 3rd October. A red Audi A3 was in collision with a man in his 40s who was killed.

Police want to hear from anyone who witnessed the crash or saw either the man or the car in the minutes beforehand.

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Suffolk man to be extradited over cyber-hacking charges

Lauri Love is to be extradited to the US Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Suffolk man who has autism will be extradited from Britain to the US to stand trial over charges of cyber-hacking.

Lauri Love, who's 31 and from Stradishall near Haverhill, is alleged to have stolen huge amounts of data from US agencies including the federal Reserve, Nasa and the FBI.

Mr Love has said he holds little hope of justice and suggested a jail term in the US could cause his health to deteriorate and would lead to a mental breakdown or suicide.

He and his family wanted him to face justice in the UK rather than the US.

But this afternoon a judge has ruled Mr Love should be extradited

Click below to see a report from Hannah Pettifer

Flood warning issued in Suffolk and Essex

The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for the Haverhill and Steeple Bumpstead in Suffolk and Essex

A flood warning has been issued for Suffolk and Essex. Credit: Environment Agency

The flood warning covers Stour Brook at Haverhill & Sturmer and the Bumpstead Brook from Steeple Bumpstead to New England.

"River levels continue to rise due to last night's rain. Areas at immediate risk are at Haverhill and Sturmer. The peak of the river is now near Sturmer.

"River levels are likely to continue to rise slowly especially in the area of Haverhill. Over the last 6 hours the forecast is for light rain. Waterside properties are at risk in Haverhill, Broad Green and Sturmer, including the B1054, B1061 and the A143.

– Environment Agency
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