September 21 2014 Latest news:
By stephen pullinger
Monday, October 15, 2012
A boy miraculously escaped serious injury when a car careered out of control and crashed through the wall of the family home into his bedroom as he slept.
As villagers walking their dogs and joggers stopped to survey the scene yesterday morning, the sporty Audi was still embedded in the wall of the barn conversion in Norwich Road, Strumpshaw.
Kevin and Sonja London and their two children had been awoken by the collision at about 2am yesterday.
Mr London last night described what happened as “like an earthquake”.
Fire crews from nearby Acle and Carrow, in Norwich, were called out to assess the damage and make the scene safe.
Acle watch manager Mark Bedwell said: “We found the car had collided with the house and caused considerable structural damage.
“We immediately evacuated the family from the property and called a structural engineer to come and inspect it.
“He advised it was best to leave the car in place until the house could be properly shored up.”
He said it appeared that the car had been travelling down Mill Road and failed to stop at the junction with Norwich Road in front of the house.
“The car mainly collided with one of the children’s bedrooms so it was extremely lucky no one was seriously injured.
“I believe the boy in the bedroom was checked over by an ambulance crew at the scene.”
Police confirmed they had arrested a man on suspicion of drink-driving.
A spokesman for the East Anglian Ambulance Service said that a crew had checked over a teenage boy at the scene but he did not need to go to hospital.
Next door neighbour Michael Green said villagers regarded Norwich Road as dangerous and there was no footpath on one section.
He said: “Children have to walk along that bit of road to get to the bus stop to go to school.
“The parish council is aware of the problem.”