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UK: News In Brief


Thursday, October 28, 1999 Published at 21:29 GMT

Sports car sells for 1.71m

A Jaguar sports car that won the 1956 Le Mans 24-hour race has fetched 1.71m - the most expensive car ever bought at auction.

The car was sold to an anonymous telephone bidder at Christie's in London.

"It is a new car auction record (and) we are extremely pleased," said a Christie's spokeswoman.

The Ecurie Ecosse D-type was driven by Ron Flockhart and Ninian Sanderson to win the famed endurance race for Scotland in 1956.

It had been in Scottish ownership ever since, and was sold at auction by Sir Michael Nairn, who runs a Scottish engineering company.


Boy killed in car park tragedy

A 10-year-old boy has been killed after a car apparently ran out of control in a South Yorkshire car park.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to the accident which happened just after noon.

Sergeant Gordon Siddall said: "The 77-year-old man was manoeuvring his car in the car park when, for some reason, he apparently lost control and collided with three other vehicles in the car park.

"Sadly, he also collided with a 10-year-old boy and as a result of that collision the boy has been killed.

"A 21-month old boy was also injured but fortunately his injuries are not serious."

The dead boy was later named as Daniel Dewick from South Yorkshire.


Soldier killed as vehicle overturns

A soldier has been after killed an armoured personnel carrier overturned on a training exercise.

The platoon commander was crushed beneath the Saxon armoured vehicle on Salisbury Plain, Wilts.

Another soldier was flown to Salisbury District Hospital by helicopter suffering from back injuries.

A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said: "The armoured personnel carrier with eight people on board went out of control on the military training area on Salisbury Plain and overturned.

"The driver and five crew escaped with minor injuries. The platoon commander, who was standing in the roof-mounted turret, suffered fatal head injuries."

The coroner has been informed and an inquest will be held.


Ex-DJ jailed for child sex attacks

A former BBC Radio Kent DJ has been jailed for 14 years for carrying out 41 sex offences against children.

Roger Pond, 46, of St Mary's Road, Gillingham, Kent, pleaded guilty at his last court appearance to three counts of buggery on boys, 19 counts of indecent assaults on girls and nine counts of indecent assaults on boys.

The choir master and music teacher had also admitted 10 counts of taking indecent photos of children.

Judge David Griffiths, sentencing at Maidstone Crown Court, said: "The offences you have committed are a grave breach of trust which has brought sorrow and hurt to the victims and their families."


Funeral of roof plunge officer

The funeral is being held of the 14th British police officer to die in the line of duty during the 1990s.

PC Kulwant Sidhu died after falling 25ft through a glass skylight on the roof of an industrial unit in Twickenham, south west London, on 24 October while chasing two burglary suspects.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Condon will join mourners at the South West Middlesex crematorium in Hanworth, west London.

The 24-year-old's colleagues will line points on the route from his home in Hayes, west London, to a Sikh temple in Southall where prayers will be said.

Two men are due to appear before Richmond magistrates charged with burglary at workshops where Mr Sidhu fell to his death.






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