Repairs begin on house hit by car

AN IPSWICH couple are today looking forward to a good night's sleep in their own bedroom as work begins to rebuild their bungalow which was badly damaged by a car crash.

AN IPSWICH couple are today looking forward to a good night's sleep in their own bedroom as work begins to rebuild their bungalow which was badly damaged by a car crash.

Builders have started to rebuild the home of Don and Jean Alcock, in Fircroft Road, after a stolen car careered into it.

Mr and Mrs Alcock were at home at 2.40am on June 30 when a gold Ford Escort smashed through their garden wall, over their lawn and into their bedroom.

Mrs Alcock, 77, said: “It's been OK for us to live in the rest of the bungalow, but not that bedroom. All the brickwork under the window was pushed in and the sides of the room cracked so it isn't safe to sleep in there.

“Plus there's all the dust and dirt so we wouldn't want to sleep in there at the moment. We've been staying in one of the spare bedrooms which is fine, just a bit cramped.

“We were lucky that none of our belongings were ruined, just the bungalow itself.

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“I can't wait for the building work to happen. It should take two weeks and then everything can go back to normal.”

The car had been stolen from a house in nearby Lincoln Close and belonged to Pam Dee, 61. The thieves crashed into a police car before hitting the Alcock's home.

Mrs Alcock, who has lived with Mr Alcock, 78, at the property for 40 years, said: “Since the accident everything has gone pretty smoothly. The insurance is covering the costs and we are pleased at how quick the builders have come in.

“It was a bit frightening for a couple of days but we've accepted it now and are moving on.”

Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call Pc Chris Tyler at Ipswich police on 01473 613500.

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