Litigation Writs 27/08/96

An Austrian insurance company is suing a Northumberland woman for damages after she took a car without consent and crashed it in Austria. The writ has been issued by insurance company Erste Allgemeine Versicherungs SA, of Graz, which seeks £4,479 compensation it says it paid out after the crash. The writ says Lisa Smouth destroyed 15 Thuja trees, 12 metres of mesh fencing, four fence posts, and two gates in the crash near Graz.

Writ issued by Hyde Mahon Bridges, London WC1.

The owners of eight boats destroyed when an unknown arsonist set fire to a boathouse at Acle, Norfolk, have launched a £100,000-plus compensation claim. The fire started on 7 February 1994 and spread throughout the boat-house destroying 12 boats kept there and other boats in an adjoining shed and moored outside, according to the writ. Now eight of the boat owners are suing Easticks Yacht Station for damages and interest, including the cost of their vessels.

Writ issued by Ingledew Brown Bennison & Garrett, London EC3.

A Cowes, Isle of Wight, man who was badly injured when two yachts collided has launched a High Court compensation claim. Roger Guy was on board the yacht Assuage when it was in collision with the yacht Inexcess in April 1994, says his writ. The writ claims his injuries were caused by the negligent navigation or management of the two boats and blames Rodney Calveley, of Tregaian, Angelsey, owner of Inexcess and Terry Robinson, of Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, owner of Assuage.

Writ issued by Glanvilles Damant.

Engineer Adrian Peel, who lost his right arm in a 1994 road crash in Libya, is suing his employer Brown and Root, of Wimbledon, London SW19, and fellow employee Michael Scott, driver of the Land Cruiser he was travelling in when the accident happened.

Writ issued by Vaughan & Co, Leeds.

Angela and Peter Hicks, of Maidenhead, who were badly injured when a transit van hit their car, are suing Brian Dade, of Hornham, Suffolk, for damages. The accident happened on 26 April 1993 on the A12 from Lowestoft. The writ says the van loaded with building materials ran into the back of the Hicks' car.

Writ issued by McNulty & Co, Basingstoke.