Bus driver smashed into Grade II-listed house with schoolchildren on board

The Garde II-listed building in Benton Street, Hadleigh that Paul Elmer, 73, hit with a bus Picture:

The Garde II-listed building in Benton Street, Hadleigh that Paul Elmer, 73, hit with a bus Picture: SONYA DUNCAN - Credit: SONYA DUNCAN

A bus driver who drove into a Grade II-listed home in Hadleigh has been fined £4,000 after pleading guilty to careless driving.

Ipswich Magistrates Court, where Ashton Roberts, 26, of Millersdale in Harlow was banned from drivin

Ipswich Magistrates Court, where Ashton Roberts, 26, of Millersdale in Harlow was banned from driving for one month Picture: ARCHANT

On December 12, 2018, 73-year-old Paul Elmer was driving the bus in Benton Street when he hit the overhanging first floor of a house, sending debris falling onto the pavement below.

No one was injured as a result of the crash.

Instead of stopping at the scene, Elmer, of Drapers Close, Hadleigh, continued on his bus route.

He was later charged with driving without due care and attention, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and failing to report it.

The heigh limit for vehicles in Benton Street is signposted Picture: SONYA DUNCAN

The heigh limit for vehicles in Benton Street is signposted Picture: SONYA DUNCAN - Credit: SONYA DUNCAN


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Appearing at Ipswich Magistrates Court on July 5, Elmer pleaded guilty to all three offences and was ordered to pay a £4,000 fine, as well as a £40 victim surcharge and £100 in costs.

Elmer also received five points on his licence.

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