Claims have risen by more than 600% in three years

AA Insurance says the number of claims for pothole damage has rises more than 600% over three years.

Simon Douglas, director of AA Insurance says: "Nationally, the damage to cars caused by potholes in February alone cost insurers around £2.85m - the equivalent of about 1,900 claims.

"But that's just the tip of the iceberg, because it takes serious damage to make it worth insurance claim. Garages and tyre centres are dealing with countless thousands of punctured tyres, damaged tracking or broken springs which don't justify making a claim,” the AA says.

The AA is building up a picture of the nationwide pothole plague via drivers' reports on AA Pothole Watch, which will be shared with the highway authorities.