Essex is surely the spiritual home of joyriding but details have emerged of an unusual disappearance from outside the Asda in Colchester.

A desperate hunt was launched for a musical bus kids' ride that vanished while awaiting repair. Phil Hughes was acquitted last week of pinching the vehicle (and presumably driving it off in a low-speed getaway) after explaining that he was working for a shadowy middleman called Mike, who seems to have conducted the bus's mystery detour.