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That’s expensive...James Hart from March, Cambridgeshire tried to claim car was stolen after friend crashed his £40,000 Aston Martin Vantage in Wisbech

PUBLISHED: 13:54 20 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:54 20 June 2017

The crashed black Aston Martin Vantage being recovered from the bank of a dyke near Wisbech. Picture: CAMBRIDGESHIRE POLICE.

The crashed black Aston Martin Vantage being recovered from the bank of a dyke near Wisbech. Picture: CAMBRIDGESHIRE POLICE.

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It is many people’s dream car which costs a small fortune.

So when a friend crashed James Hart’s stunning black Aston Martin Vantage - which he bought for more than £40,000 - the owner tried to claim it on his own insurance.

When that failed because his friend was on his own insurance policy and was only covered third party insurance, Hart “took a risk” - and called police to report it stolen.

Officers later discovered the supercar had not been stolen when they found it crashed and abandoned on the bank of a dyke in March Road, near Wisbech.

They arrested Hart, 68, of West End, March, for perverting the course of justice, which he pleaded guilty to last month.

He was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment, suspended for 24 months, at Cambridge Crown Court on Friday, June 16.

He was also ordered to undertake 25 days of rehabilitation activity, had a curfew imposed on him from 6pm to 6am each night for four months, and was ordered to pay £1,200 in costs.

PC Matt Smart, from Cambridgeshire Police, said: “Hart has not gone to prison but he will have the prospect of prison hanging over him for two years, as well as the curfew and costs.

“He took a risk and when it went wrong he tried to get out of it by lying. However, there was clear evidence the car had not been stolen.

“We have had other cases where people have falsely claimed their cars have been stolen so I hope this demonstrates how seriously it is treated.”

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