Cambridgeshire

Tilbury driver Luke Wall denies ramming police vehicle

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Media captionA car reversed into the motorcycle officer before speeding away

A driver who denied ramming a police car on a motorway has been told he will not face trial.

Luke Wall, 24, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court to deny a charge of dangerous driving.

Wall, of Leicester Road, Tilbury, Essex, was told he will not face a trial, after admitting a charge of conspiracy to commit burglary.

Police released footage of the ramming incident which took place on the M25 in Hertfordshire last year.

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Image caption Luke Wall and Teresa Conners have both admitted conspiracy to commit burglary

The images, from 12 June, showed officers pulling a car over onto the hard shoulder before it stopped and then reversed into the squad car.

£500,000 thefts

At the same time they released footage of a Cambridgeshire police motorcyclist being rammed in a similar fashion on the hard shoulder of the M11 near Duxford on 9 June.

The motorcyclist had minor injuries and returned to work soon afterwards, while the two officers in the Hertfordshire squad car were not hurt.

Police said they had been searching for Wall as part of an investigation into a "significant number" of burglaries where more than £500,000 of property was stolen from homes across East Anglia and Kent.

Wall was only charged with dangerous driving in relation to the M25 ramming. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said the driver was not identifiable in the M11 footage.

He also pleaded not guilty to aggravated burglary, but the prosecution said no trial would be sought on that charge either.

A CPS spokeswoman said: "[Luke Wall] has submitted a basis of plea in which he has admitted a total of 55 separate offences.

"Given the high number of offences which are admitted and the fact that many contain aggravating features which reflect the seriousness of the offending, we are satisfied that the court has sufficient sentencing powers to deal with Wall's criminal behaviour."

Wall is due to be sentenced for the conspiracy offence at a later date.

Five charged

Four other people have been charged as part of the inquiry and they pleaded at Ipswich Crown Court last week.

Joseph Mallon, 20, of Fanshawe Road, Cambridge and Teresa Conners, 23, of Montell House, Tilbury both admitted conspiracy to commit burglary.

Kyle Shillingford, 27, whose address was given as HMP Chelmsford, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary, but not guilty to aggravated burglary.

The prosecution said it would not been seeking a trial on the second charge.

They are also due to be sentenced at a later date.

Robert Butler, 31, of Green Lane, Dagenham in east London, pleaded not guilty to one charge of conspiracy to commit burglary and he is due to stand trial later this year.

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