Norton police car memorial damage ‘into tens of thousands’

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The damage done by police car that crashed into a war memorial could run into the tens of thousands of pounds, the parish council chairman has said.

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The marked BMW was on an emergency call when it crashed with a car in Ixworth Road in Norton, Suffolk, at about 13:10 BST on Friday.

No-one was seriously injured, but chairman Andy Burt said the damage done to the memorial was “not pretty”.

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The parish council spent about ‘2,000 last year restoring the memorial in preparation for the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.

Mr Burt, who owns a nearby garage, said that was for minor works, including re-cutting the lettering, and they were now searching for specialist stone masons.

“Now it’s not got a police car sat on top of it I can see the extent of the damage – it’s not pretty,” he said.

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