A HOMEOWNER in Turweston has spoken of his narrow escape after a car crashed into his cottage leaving thousands of pounds of damage.
What started out as a normal quiet Saturday morning for Brian Nevitt and his wife Barabara ended with a living room full of rubble, wrecked Christmas plans, and a police hunt for the motorists who did not stop.
Mr Nevitt said he was putting the kettle on at around 11.15am on Saturday, December 10, when he heard what he describes as a bomb going off. The small cracks and chipped stone work on the outside of the cottage near The Green at the centre of the quiet village, hides the true extent of the damage.
Mr Nevitt said: “It was just a shock. The walls in these cottages are two foot thick, but it caused a shock wave that exploded outward into the room leaving a skin of stone on the outside. I had just put the water on for a mid morning cup of tea, my wife was in the bathroom washing her hands and there was an almighty explosion.
“It sounded literally like someone setting off a bomb at our front door, I opened the kitchen door and a wall had come down. About half hour earlier I’d gone to the door to get the post. It’s destroyed the living room and dining room. We had planned a family Christmas and we’ve had to move that to our daugther’s”.
He added: “Accidents can happen but to run off like that is beneath contempt, simple as that.”
Police are looking for a female driver of grey people carrier which would have received extensive damage in the smash. Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting reference 588 10/12/11.