News and views from the heart of England - Issue 2    © David Smith 2018

Braking news

News is just coming in of a collision between a top-of-the-range Italian car, estimated to be worth well in excess of £200,000, and owned by a driver with perhaps a touch more ego than most, and a very slow brick wall in Plugborough.

Accident inspectors have visited the scene, and their conclusions will be passed to the Crown Prosecution Service. Police say the car was travelling at an estimated speed of 85 mph passing the local primary school - in a 20 mph speed limit zone - when the brakes failed.

Our motoring correspondent writes: This model is glamorous; an elegant piece of work, and very easy on the eye, but it does have the reputation of being fast and difficult to control. The car, on the other hand, is very reliable.