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Ipswich – Man charged in connection with crash involving Ferrari and other offences

An Ipswich man has been charged with a total of 16 offences, a number of which relate to a collision in the Nacton area of the town at the weekend involving a Ferrari.

Police were called at just after 7am on Saturday 30 April to reports that a red Ferrari had collided with a parked black Range Rover in Lindbergh Road.

Officers arrived at the scene within a matter of minutes but found the driver of the Ferrari had abandoned the vehicle and left.

Following initial police enquiries, a suspect was located and detained around two hours later, at approximately 9am. After attending hospital for treatment, he was taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

The Ferrari had been reported stolen to police approximately 20 minutes prior to the collision from an address in the village of Nacton, where entry was gained to a secure garage.

Lee Nicholls, aged 35 and of Hawke Road, has subsequently been charged in connection with this incident and a number of other crimes, totalling 16 charges altogether.

Nicholls appeared before Ipswich Magistrates’ Court yesterday, Monday 2 May, where he was remanded in custody to appear before Ipswich Crown Court, on a date to be fixed.

12 of the charges relate to incidents occurring on Saturday 30 April, seven of which are linked to the taking of the Ferrari, subsequent collision and arrest of the suspect as follows:

  • Burglary other than dwelling; aggravated vehicle taking and vehicle damage; driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence; driving without insurance; failing to stop after an accident; failing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis; and assault by beating of a police officer

The other five charges for incidents on 30 April (which all occurred in Nacton village) are as follows:

  • Two counts of burglary other than dwelling – both incidents involved shed burglaries - with a set of golf clubs and fishing rods and reels stolen from one location, and a bicycle stolen from the other;
  • One count of criminal damage to a vehicle (where a nearside front window of a Mercedes C200 was smashed);
  • Two counts of theft from a motor vehicle

The four further charges relate to matters occurring on Tuesday 12 April as follows:

  • Aggravated vehicle taking and injury caused by accident; driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence; driving without insurance; and failing to stop after an accident

These charges follow an incident where a Rover 25 was taken from Reynolds Road and was then reported to have been seen being driven in Lindbergh Road, before it was then involved in a collision with a Honda Civic in Beatty Road at just after 11am on 12 April.

The driver of the Honda – a man aged in his 80s – sustained pain to his chest as a result of this collision, after it hit the steering wheel.