Ex-Ro­tary chair­man scratched ‘ V’ into neigh­bour’s clas­sic

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Nick Larkin

CCTV cam­eras cap­tured a 69-year-old for­mer Ro­tary Club chair­man van­dal­is­ing a clas­sic Bent­ley, a court has heard.

Dam­age to the 1954 R-type, orig­i­nally owned by bud­get air­line pi­o­neer Sir Fred­die Laker, re­sulted from a neigh­bours’ dis­pute.

Af­ter hear­ing that John Saun­ders had scratched a V-sign on the car, Ip­swich mag­is­trates con­victed him of crim­i­nal dam­age. He was fined £1500, or­dered to pay the £200 in­surance ex­cess and £650 costs.

The in­ci­dent arose fol­low­ing a dis­pute over man­age­ment at the block of flats in Colch­ester, Es­sex, where Saun­ders, and the car’s owner, Peter Stir­ling, live.

Mr Stir­ling had in­stalled a CCTV cam­era in the flats’ un­der­ground car park fol­low­ing pre­vi­ous van­dal­ism to the car.

At the time of the in­ci­dent lead­ing to the court case, Saun­ders was seen ‘milling around’ the pass door, which had been chained open.

‘I am sen­si­tive about the se­cu­rity be­cause the car has been scratched pre­vi­ously,’ said Stir­ling.

Saun­ders had claimed he had gone to look in­side the car but was not re­spon­si­ble for the dam­age.

The car is said to be worth £30,000.

John Saun­ders cap­tured on CCTV.

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