29/06/2006

Digger driver charged over house 'demolition'

A 52-year-old man has been charged with criminal damage offences after a house and cars were destroyed by a mechanical digger.

Robert Taylor, of no fixed address, is due to appear before magistrates in Chelmsford charged with criminal damage with intent to endanger life.

He has also been charged with three counts of criminal damage, relating to three cars, including one police car, affray and assault of a police officer.

The charges relate to an incident at a caravan park in Bradwell-on-Sea on Tuesday. The home of James Harvard and Janice Gledhill was demolished and three cars, including the police car were damaged.

The couple were unhurt. Their pet cat, Ashley - an eight-year-old pedigree Korat - was missing, but was later found alive in the rubble.

(KMcA/GB)

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