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Man receives prison term for causing death by dangerous driving after killing father

Basanta Thapa was jailed for causing death by dangerous driving Credit: Dorset Police
Mr Brown died at the scene of the car crash in March Credit: Dorset Police

Basanta Thapa, of Taunton, was handed a five-year prison term at Dorchester Crown Court today, Thursday 27 November 2014, for causing death by dangerous driving. He was also sentenced to two years imprisonment for two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving to run concurrently.

The 29-year-old was disqualified from driving for 10 years and told he would have to take an extended test before being allowed to drive again.

Thapa pleaded guilty to the charges on Friday 7 November 2014 at the same court.

The court heard the collision happened at 5.56pm on Monday 24 March 2014 on the A31 at Winterborne Zelston near Redpost.

Thapa, who was driving a Subaru Impreza, was overtaking a lorry on a solid white line at the brow of a hill when he crashed into an oncoming Skoda Fabia, being driven by Mike Brown and an oncoming Mercedes.

Mr Brown, 43 of Wimborne, suffered fatal injuries and sadly died at the scene.

His wife Claire Hooper-Brown and their daughter Josie, now aged eight, suffered serious injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment.

The Mercedes driver was uninjured.

Judge Peter Johnson paid tribute to Claire for finding the strength to give a victim impact statement and to the witnesses who stopped at the scene of the collision to help the casualties.

The sentence handed out today sends a very clear message to motorists in Dorset, who chose to drive dangerously, that they will be dealt with robustly, especially if their actions lead to fatal consequences.

– Senior investigating officer Sergeant Jon Wren, of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit

Mike was very much a family man. He took great pride in the upbringing of our daughter Josie. Mine and Josie’s lives have been traumatically ruined. Every day is so hard living without Mike. I cry myself to sleep every night and not a minute goes by when we don’t think of him.

– Mr Brown's wife Claire


Serious crash leaves two people in hospital

Police are appealing for witnesses after a serious crash in Crawley, injuring two people.

Emergency services were called to Breezehurst Drive in Bewbush at around 2:45am this morning to a car that had collided with a tree.

The car had lost control, hit the central reservation and then into the tree.

The driver, a 21-year-old man from Crawley and his passenger, who is 25-years-old and from Twekesbury, were both taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital with serious injuries.

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting Operation Packard.

Four cars involved in car crash in Weymouth

Police are appealing for witnesses after four cars were involved in a crash in Weymouth.

At around 1pm on Sunday 6th April, police were called to the collision at the junction of Chickerell Road and Lynch Road.

A grey Renault Laguna was travelling along Chickerell Road heading towards the Granby Industrial Estate when it collided with a silver Honda CR-V and a black Vauxhall Agila. The Honda then struck a grey Volkswagen Touareg.

Police Constable Nick Gravenor, of Weymouth Police, said: “The road was closed for about an hour and a half in order for officers to investigate the scene and for paramedics to treat the slight injuries of all motorists involved.

Anyone who has information is asked to call 101, quoting 6:197.

Police hunt driver who ran off after crash

Sussex Police are looking for the driver of a car which crashed in Woodingdean, who left the scene before emergency services arrived.

The incident happened at 6.10pm on Saturday 5th April, when the Nissan Micra saloon left the Warren Road and collided with racecourse fencing.

Police currently have no description of the driver and full circumstances of the crash are still being established.

PC Jim Annand, of Sussex Road Policing Unit, said: "If you saw what happened or know who the driver is, please call us on 101 or quoting serial 1153 of 5/4."

Crash victim funeral

The funeral of a teenager who died when she was hit by a car, is due to take place today.

Fourteen year old Jasmine Allsop and her friend Olivia Lewry, who was sixteen, were killed near Jasmine's home in Gosport earlier this month. A man has been charged with their manslaughter.

Jasmine's funeral is taking place at St John the Evangelist in Forton. The church will be decorated in pink which was Jasmine's favourite colour.

After the service, the Church will be open until 10pm for members of the community to light candles, sign books of condolence, spend time in quiet reflection or simply be with friends and** **remember Jasmine and Olivia.


Four car pile-up on Isle of Wight

Emergency services cut injured out of their cars Credit: Bright Wight images

A police officer has been removed from his car by firefighters after a four car crash this afternoon on the Isle of Wight.

The accident happened before 3pm and the four people involved have been hospitalised in Newport and their conditions are unknown.

The crash closed the road earlier today but it has now re-opened Credit: Bright Wight images

Lushington Hill inn Wootton has now re-opened while police investigate the circumstances behind the crash.

Emergency crews worked to rescue the drivers from their cars Credit: Bright Wight images

Police car involved in serious crash

The car's roof had to be cut off Credit: Trevor Chapman

A police officer has been involved in a serious car crash that closed the A3054 on the Isle of Wight.

The car's roof had to be cut off to rescue the officer in the four car crash.

Hampshire Police say that four people have been injured and taken to St Mary's Hospital.

Three other cars collided with the marked police car at around 3pm this afternoon on Lushington Hill.

The road had to be closed both ways between A3021 Whippingham Road and Station Road and there is no access to Wooton Bridge from Newport or Whippingham.

Emergency services work to cut free victim Credit: Trevor Chapman
Ambulance and fire crews work to rescue crash victim Credit: Trevor Chapman

Sussex car crash

The A29 at Shripney Road, in Shripney has been closed after a woman had to be freed by firefighters.

Two cars collided at 8.50am where a Honda Civic left the road and went into a ditch. T

The woman driving the car was then freed by firefighters.

Initial reports suggest that any injuries are not serious but emergency services are still dealing with the scene.

Drivers are advised to avoid the area for the time being if possible.

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