Four years for driver involved in Boxing Day crash on A14 which killed his two passengers

A man who crashed his car on the A14 near Bury St Edmunds, killing two teenagers, has been sentenced to four years detention.

George Mills, of Stow Road in Ixworth, crashed his Ford Fiesta into another car on the eastbound A14 at Rougham on Boxing Day 2017.

The 20-year-old's two passengers - both 18-year-olds from Bury St Edmunds - died as a result of the crash.

William Smedley, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene Credit: Suffolk Constabulary

Suffolk Police said both William Smedley and Jake Paxton's families suffered "misery and heartbreak" because of Mills' actions.

Mills, who was convicted of two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, was sentenced to four years in a youth offender institution and given a six-year driving ban at Ipswich Crown Court on Friday, 28 February.

The sentence was welcomed by Sergeant Scott Lee-Amies, of Suffolk Police, who said Mills would have "plenty of opportunity to reflect" on his actions.

Jake Paxton, 18, died as a result of his injuries after being taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital Credit: Suffolk Constabulary

He added: "This was a tragic incident where the lives of two 18-year-olds were taken by the dangerous actions of Mills who was at the wheel of the car when the collision occurred.

"His irresponsible driving has caused misery and heartbreak for the family and friends of Jake and William."

The driver of the other car - a 19-year-old woman - was not injured in the crash, which took place at around 9.30pm.

Mr Smedley was pronounced dead at the scene, while Mr Paxton was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital but died as a result of his injuries.