Man to face trial over tractor crash

Ipswich Magistrates Court on Elm Street.

Douglas Pope appeared at Suffolk Magistrates' Court - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

A man has admitted driving a tractor in Bury St Edmunds without due care and attention - but denies failing to stop and report the incident. 

Douglas Pope, 63, of Quaker Lane, Beyton, appeared at Suffolk Magistrates' Court in Ipswich on Wednesday having previously pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention following an incident on May 24 last year. 

Pope was driving a Volvo tractor on the A134 roundabout in Bedingfield Way, Bury, when he swerved from the right-hand lane to the left-hand lane and collided with a Volkswagen Polo, causing damage to the vehicle. 

But Pope has pleaded not guilty to two charges of failing to stop and failing to report the incident, and will now face a trial. 

The trial, at Suffolk Magistrates' Court in Ipswich, will take place on March 9, and is expected to last two-and-a-half hours. 

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Magistrates released Pope on unconditional bail ahead of next year's trial. 

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