Suspended sentence for tractor man

A farmer who wrote off two cars and damaged another in his tractor has been handed a suspended sentence.

The Crown Prosecution Service said Paul Newton, of Ware Park Farm, Ware, Hertfordshire, was given a four-month sentence suspended for 12 months over the tractor "rampage".

The sentence - handed down at Luton Crown Court - also included a three-month curfew for the 60-year-old.

He was convicted at the end of May of one count of dangerous driving and three counts of criminal damage after originally claiming the tractor had been stolen.

CPS case lawyer Jeremy Taylor said Newton damaged the cars with his tractor after he had spent the evening drinking last September. The occupants of the cars were visiting a local church at the time.

He added that Newton was also banned from driving for 12 months and will have to take an extended re-test before being allowed back on the road.

He was also ordered to pay compensation of almost £11,500, including £4,872 costs, Mr Taylor said.

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