Death by dangerous driving accused in court

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A Thornham man is to face a charge of causing death by dangerous driving at crown court.

Henry Bett, 26, of Hall Lane, Thornham, is accused of causing the death of Rebecca Brown, 43, of De-Warrenne Place, Castle Acre.

Bett, who is the son of Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Bett, is accused of driving a Fendt Tractor dangerously on West Acre Road, Castle Acre, on December 4 last year.

Bett appeared at West Norfolk Magistrates’ Court, in Lynn, on Wednesday, for a preliminary hearing.

Smartly dressed in a dark suit, white shirt and dark blue tie, Bett spoke only to confirm his name and address. No plea was entered.

The case was sent to Peterborough Crown Court and Bett released on unconditional bail.

Tearful members of Ms Brown’s family and a number of police officers watched proceedings from a packed public gallery.

A hearing has been scheduled at the crown court for the morning of March 4 next year.

The collision at the heart of the case was referred to Essex Police for investigation owing to the relationship between Bett and the Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner. The commissioner is in charge of the authority responsible for ensuring Norfolk has an efficient and effective police force.