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Son of Norfolk PCC to be charged with causing death by dangerous driving

The son of the Norfolk police and crime commissioner (PCC) is to be charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

Henry Bett, 26, from Hall Lane, Thornham, Norfolk, is the son of prominent farmer Stephen Bett, the former Tory chairman of Norfolk Police Authority who now serves as the independent PCC for the county.

He has been summonsed to appear in court charged with the offence following an independent investigation by Essex Police.

The inquiry was launched after Rebecca Brown, 43, of De-Warrenne Place, Castle Acre, died following the collision between her Fiat and a tractor in the village on December 4 last year.

This decision followed advice from the Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service.

The inquiry was carried out externally due to Mr Bett's role.

This is a private matter for Stephen and his family and as such is not one the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner will be commenting on.

– Spokesman, Mr Bett's office

The collision occurred between a Fiat people carrier and Fendt tractor at approximately 3.20pm on West Acre Road.

The female driver of the Fiat sadly died at the scene

– Norfolk Police spokesperson

Henry Bett will appear at King's Lynn Magistrates Court on December 10 when he will formally face the allegation.

Stephen Bett the new PCC for Norfolk


(First Count)

Jamie Athill (C) 30,834 (31.74%)

Stephen Bett (Ind) 27,842 (28.66%)

Steve Morphew (Lab) 21,456 (22.08%)

Matthew Smith (Ukip) 9,633 (9.91%)

James Joyce (LD) 7,392 (7.61%)

Eliminated: James Joyce, Steve Morphew, Matthew Smith

(Second Count)

Distribution of Joyce's, Morphew's and Smith's votes

Jamie Athill (C) 36,605

Stephen Bett (Ind) 39,988

Elected: Stephen Bett**

Electorate 669,387; Turnout 97,157 (14.51%)