Crash de­stroys pub’s fur­ni­ture

In­ci­dent leaves el­derly driver shaken

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine

THIS was the un­usual place in which a car was parked out­side an Ick­en­ham pub, af­ter it smashed through bol­lards and a sign.

The sil­ver Ford Fo­cus was wedged out­side Wether­spoon pub The Tichen­ham Inn for hours un­til a re­cov­ery ve­hi­cle ar­rived on Fe­bru­ary 10.

The dam­aged ve­hi­cle caused a stir as passers-by spot­ted the bro­ken pub fur­ni­ture sur­round­ing it in Swakeleys Road.

Kelly Rayner, team leader at the pub, was out­side when she saw the car per­form­ing a three­p­oint turn near the pa­rade of shops, but it hit an­other parked car, caus­ing her to “run away” in fear.

She said: “I was out­side Wen­zel’s, the bak­ery next door, saw what hap­pened and ran. It was hor­ri­ble.”

Staff at Wen­zel’s, on the shop pa­rade, say they heard an alarm­ing “bang” as they served cus­tomers.

In the car’s wake was a crushed ‘pub­lic foot­path’ sign and smashed fur­ni­ture out­side the front of the pub.

Ms Rayner con­tin­ued: “The car was revving the whole time. When the driver got out the car was still revving.

“Po­lice were there with him for two hours and the paramedics have seen him too. It’s lucky it wasn’t a lot worse.”

Passers-by helped the shaken-up el­derly male driver from the ve­hi­cle.

A Metropoli­tan Po­lice spokesper­son said: “We were called at 11.15am to re­ports of two cars in col­li­sion.

“There was one car in col­li­sion with a sta­tion­ary ve­hi­cle. There were no in­juries.”

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