A man from Somerset crashed into security fencing whilst attempting to retrieve a lunchbox from the passenger seat.

Grant Taylor, from Chard, claimed that he was in a hurry to pick up his wife and was unaware that it was a legal obligation to stop at the scene of an accident. He was found after police traced a piece of his number plate back to his home.

Appearing before Somerset Magistrates' Court he pleaded guilty for failing to stop at the scene of an accident and was ordered to pay £35 in damages to the owner of the fence as well as a £100 fine.

Helena Suffield, defending solicitor, said: "He bent down to pick it up and lost control of his car and when he had a call from the police in the morning told them he had intended to come in and report the accident that morning. He wants to apologise to the owner of the fence for the upset the accident has cause."

The incident follows a similar accident in the West End of London when a driver ploughed their £70,000 Porsche Carrera into railings outside an expensive townhouse.

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