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Crash, bang, wallop: Why former world champion banger racer is calling it a day

Some of Alan Read's cars. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

After 30 years on the racing circuit, a former world champion from Saffron Walden is going out with a bang.

Cattle farmer Alan Read has won more banger racing titles than anyone else from East Anglia.

ITV News Anglia's sport correspondent Donovan Blake went to meet him to find out why this weekend's race will be his last.


PICTURES: Tractor completely destroyed in 100 metre long fuel fire

The tractor in flames this morning. Credit: Essex Fire and Rescue.

A tractor that went up in flames after an electrical fault caused a 100 metre long running fuel fire has been completely destroyed.

Essex Fire Service used three hose reel jets to fight the fire in Saffron Walden, caused when the vehicle ground to a halt on a hill and ignited.

At one point it spread to a nearby field. It was extinguished just before midday.

"Crews used three foam hose reel jets to extinguish it. The roadway was damage by the heat and highways engineers were called to assess the damage.”

– Station Officer Paul Curtis
The remains of the vehicle. Credit: Essex Fire and Rescue.


M11 still shut for clean up work after collision

The M11 remains closed northbound between J10 Duxford and J8 Bishop's Stortford after a van and two cars collided earlier today, leaving one man dead.

Investigation work has been completed at the scene 10 miles after junction 8 near Saffron Walden, but the carriageway now needs to be cleared.

All traffic that was trapped on the motorway, has been released, but there are long delays in the area.

E-fit issued following 'test drive' car robbery

Police are keen to identify the man in this e-fit after a robber posing as a car buyer stole a vehicle on a test drive.

E-fit of man police want to trace Credit: Essex Police

The victim, from the Saffron Walden area, had advertised his black Nissan Navara for sale and the robber came to view the car.

The owner then drove the suspect to Rickling Green, Saffron Walden, at about 2.15pm on Monday 2 March and stopped at Thistley Crescent.

The robber got out of the passenger seat, went round to the driver's side and as the driver got out of his seat, grabbed the keys from his hand.

He pulled the car owner out of the vehicle and pushed him into the road, then jumped back into the car and drove off.

"The victim hung onto the door and was holding on as the robber drove off.

"It was a very nasty incident and he sustained severe grazing to both arms.

"He was left shocked by what happened."

– Dc Craig Baron, Braintree CID

Anyone with information is asked to call Dc Baron on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or

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