Car smashes into front room as fam­ily watch TV

DAD SAYS CHIL­DREN WERE ‘JUST ME­TRES’ FROM BE­ING BADLY IN­JURED

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By JACK NEW­MAN

A COU­PLE with two young chil­dren were watch­ing TV in their front room last night when a stolen car ploughed through their front win­dow.

The fam­ily, who only moved into the house on St Al­bans Av­enue in Ash­ton-un­der-Lyne just be­fore Christ­mas, were me­tres away from the blue Toyota Corolla.

The fam­ily, in­clud­ing their twoyear-old son and six-year-old daugh­ter, were un­harmed in the in­ci­dent which took place at around 8pm.

The driver fled the scene and no ar­rests have been made.

The dad said: “I am amazed no one was hurt, our chil­dren were just me­tres away.

“If they were sat on the other sofa it could have been a dif­fer­ent story.”

Neigh­bours have re­ported see­ing some­one run­ning down the street af­ter the crash.

Al­wyn Green­wood said: “I heard a loud bang and all our houses were evac­u­ated at around 8.30pm and we weren’t let back in un­til 10pm.”

Neigh­bour Joan Haughton, said: “Some­thing sim­i­lar hap­pened to me about 18 months ago.

“At 2am in the morn­ing, peo­ple al­ways race down the road and some­thing has to be done. The way they speed down this road early in the morn­ings is ab­so­lutely dis­gust­ing.” The fam­ily stayed with rel­a­tives last night and ply­wood has been put up at the front of the house. Shards of glass, bricks and car de­bris line the pave­ment out­side the house. The fam­ily’s Peu­geot 308 parked on the drive was also writ­ten off. The dad said: “If it wasn’t for the rock­ery out­side the house, the car might not have been slowed down and it could have gone even fur­ther into the house.”

GMP Tame­side North re­leased a short state­ment on their Face­book page, say­ing: “A blue Toyota Corolla which had been stolen ear­lier in the day, was re­cov­ered af­ter crash­ing into a house on St Al­bans Av­enue in #Ash­tonHurst. If you have any in­for­ma­tion in­volv­ing this or any other stolen ve­hi­cles, please con­tact our­selves via 101 or Live Chat over at www.gmp. po­lice.uk. In­for­ma­tion about crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity can also be pro­vided anony­mously via in­de­pen­dent char­ity Crimes­top­pers for free on 0800 555 111or on­line via their web­site.”

A GMP spokesman also said: “Wit­nesses can call the po­lice on 101 quot­ing the crime ref­er­ence num­ber 1959.”

I am amazed no one was hurt, our chil­dren were just me­tres away The shocked dad

Dam­age to the house which a car crashed into

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