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SuffolkNews Podcast: Bury St Edmunds lorry driver who caused hitchhiker's death by careless driving avoids jail

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In today's podcast, we have the news a lorry driver who caused the death of a hitchhiker by careless driving has been handed a suspended sentence.

Zachary Sutton, 38, of Fallowfield Walk in Bury St Edmunds, clipped Egidijus Linauskas with his HGV’s wing mirror while driving on the A143 at Pakenham in July 2019.

Mr Linauskas, who was originally from Lithuania, was taken to hospital but died 10 days later.

Experts said Sutton had ample time to see Mr Linauskas, but Gareth Munday said, in mitigation, Sutton had had a momentary lapse of concentration.

At Ipswich Crown Court today, Sutton was sentenced to 24 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months.

Meanwhile, residents have been left fuming after drivers ignored road closure signs and used their narrow street as an unofficial diversion.

As a result, some vehicles parked in Newmarket’s Stanley Road were damaged, after motorists found Cheveley Road closed.

Second home owners in East Suffolk who use a loophole to escape council tax or business rate charges won't receive free council services.

Permission has been granted for a former Bury St Edmunds town centre hotel, which has been closed for 25 years, to be restored.

The Suffolk Hotel, in Buttermarket, will be redeveloped and restored to its original use as part of the proposals.

Also on the site, take a look at seven weird and wonderful things we've found up for sale on eBay from Suffolk sellers.