Cornwall Council paid nearly £17,000 last year in compensation to motorists whose cars were damaged by potholes. Figures show the council settled claims at the rate of more than one a week.

The disclosure, in answer to a Freedom of Information question, shows the council settled a total of 61 claims, paying £16,656 in the most recent financial year.

But this was against a background of 427 claims alleging a total of more than £107,000 damage. Five of the claims remain unresolved.

Reported by the Plymouth Herald. You can read the full story here. 

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