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Rover crashes through bathroom

PUBLISHED: 07:15 11 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:01 03 March 2010

A HOUSE was left badly-damaged after a Range Rover collided with the building in an early-morning accident.

But fortunately for owner Chris Foster, he was not taking an early morning soak when the car smashed through the walls of his bathroom extension, bringing it tumbling down.

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A HOUSE was left badly-damaged after a Range Rover collided with the building in an early-morning accident.

But fortunately for owner Chris Foster, he was not taking an early morning soak when the car smashed through the walls of his bathroom extension, bringing it tumbling down.

Most of the walls were demolished, the toilet was covered with rubble and the bath filled with dust and bricks. One of the only things left upright was a metal stand used for soaps and toiletries.

Officials from St Edmundsbury Borough Council ordered the demolition of the walls that survived the impact of the accident, which happened in Stow Road, Ixworth.

Neighbour Flight Lieutenant John Shepherd said he thought at first a lorry had rumbled past his home: "It was like an empty trailer had gone over a rut, then we realised something had gone into the house opposite.

"The Range Rover was just stuck fast into the side of the single-storey extension. If Chris had been in there when this happened, he would probably have been killed."

A spokeswoman for St Edmundsbury Borough Council said officials had been called in to inspect the building by the police.

"In the absence of the owner, we issued a dangerous structures notice. We have instructed a builder to carry out demolition. Such notices are issued when there is a potential danger to the public. It was decided this was a danger and we exercised our emergency powers," she added.

A Suffolk police spokeswoman said the accident had been reported to the council as the owner of the property had been away from home and the building had been in danger of collapse.

She added the driver of the Range Rover – who has not been named, but is thought to live locally – was shaken, but unhurt. No-one else was involved in the collision, which is believed might have been caused by the icy road conditions.


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