Car-puc­cino crash

Cus­tomers shocked as Porsche smashes into cof­fee shop

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

PEO­PLE en­joy­ing a leisurely cof­fee got more than they bar­gained for when a Por­shce smashed through the front of a vil­lage cafe.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened on Satur­day at Caffe Nero in Pack­horse Road, Ger­rards Cross.

Store manager Bhavin Chauhan, told us: “This is a cof­fee shop where peo­ple like to re­lax but now they are go­ing to think again.”

It is thought no one was in­jured in the ac­ci­dent.

SHOP­PERS were left shocked on Satur­day as they watched in hor­ror as a car smashed into the front of a cof­fee shop.

Wit­nesses de­scribed bangs, loud crashes and glass smash­ing be­fore peo­ple ran to the help of the driver and cus­tomers in­side the Ger­rards Cross branch of Caffe Nero.

Two peo­ple were tem­po­rar­ily trapped in­side the shop on Pack­horse Road af­ter the sil­ver Porsche crashed into the win­dow.

Emer­gency ser­vices were called to the scene at about 12.20pm and ac­cord­ing to wit­nesses the driver was taken away by am­bu­lance.

Bhavin Chauhan, 34, Caffe Nero manager, said: “There was a car parked out­side. I no­ticed it was parked the wrong way in a dis­abled bay. Then I no­ticed that car be­cause it had a park­ing ticket and then next thing I know the car smashed through the win­dow.

“I have no idea how it hap­pened. There are spec­u­la­tions of what peo­ple do think but no one has a proper idea about it.”

When asked about how much dam­age the ac­ci­dent has caused he said: “At the mo­ment we’re es­ti­mat­ing be­cause we’re los­ing the trade which is more dam­age but they’re try­ing to fig­ure out but they don’t have an ex­act es­ti­mate at the mo­ment.”

He added: “I’m re­ally up­set but it could have been a lot worse. That’s the pos­i­tive of it.”

Mr Chauhan fears for the rep­u­ta­tion of his shop af­ter the ac­ci­dent and wor­ries the dam­age caused goes be­yond the fi­nan­cial.

He said: “This is a cof­fee shop where peo­ple like to re­lax but now peo­ple are go­ing to think again.”

He added: “It will take a week or two, that’s what we’re spec­u­lat­ing at the mo­ment, but you never know.”

Lily Puxty, 29, store manager at Winser Lon­don, said: “I was stand­ing with my col­league and I heard some­thing and then an­other crash and thought maybe there was a car ac­ci­dent and then I ran to the front and saw peo­ple run­ning to Caffe Nero mov­ing all the ta­bles that were out front.”

A Caffe Nero spokesman said: “We were very shocked to hear of the in­ci­dent that took place at our Ger­rards Cross store at the week­end.

“How­ever, we were re­lieved to hear that the driver only suf­fered mi­nor in­juries and that our baris­tas and cus­tomers were not hurt.”

SMASH: The Porsche which came to rest on the front counter of Caffe Nero in Ger­rards Cross

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