Lorry driver accused of ramming car on M1 in Northamptonshire found not guilty

Matt Stockdale  claimed dashcam footage from his car showed him being "rammed" by a lorry.
Matt Stockdale claimed dashcam footage from his car showed him being "rammed" by a lorry.

A lorry driver who was accused by a Northampton man of “repeatedly and deliberately” ramming his vehicle into a car on the M1 has been found not guilty.

Paul Edwards, aged 68, was cleared after a trial at Wellingborough Magistrates’ Court of driving without due care and attention.

Footage from a dashboard camera of a vehicle being driven by former Northants Police and Crime Commissioner candidate Matthew Stockdale, was alleged to have shown a lorry shunting a car on the motorway near Northampton on November 11.

The BBC reported that magistrates said they could not be sure the vehicles had collided, and found him not guilty.

They said Mr Edwards, of Trident Drive, Dunstable, was a “credible witness” and “competent driver with a 45-year clean driving licence”.

He was employed by Wincanton hauliers as an agency driver, and liability for damage to the car was accepted by the firm’s insurers.

Footage of the incident had been released by Matthew Stockdale, who said he was overtaken and then cut up as he drove along the motorway.

Mr Stockdale said he had “never felt fear like it” and felt his life “literally rushed before his eyes”.

Speaking after the verdict, Supt Dennis Murray said: “Today’s case goes to show that if people are staying in the middle lane when they could move across, this does cause issues and frustrations.”