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Heacham couple describe their horror after a car crashed into their house

PUBLISHED: 10:34 08 October 2015 | UPDATED: 10:34 08 October 2015

Ann and Michael Foster who lived in a house at Castle Acre, which got crashed into by a car, and have now been rehomed by Freebridge. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Ann and Michael Foster who lived in a house at Castle Acre, which got crashed into by a car, and have now been rehomed by Freebridge. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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A couple have spoken of their trauma after a car crashed into their living room as they sat watching television.

Ann and Michael Foster, who live in Freebridge community housing in Heacham, have praised the help they received from the West Norfolk housing provider in helping them relocate after the shock.

Mr Foster, who is disabled and is cared for by his wife, said they were sat in their living room when they heard a loud thud, screeching and revving noises.

The couple were frightened to see a car had crashed into the property which they had lived in for eight years and it had come to a halt around five feet away from them both.

They were left in shock but unharmed, but the driver of the car was taken to hospital.

Mr Foster, 66, said a man saw it happen from across the road and ran over to switch off the engine of the car.

“There was no brake sound all we heard was the engine revving,” he said, adding he did not blame the driver.

With the help of Freebridge, the grandparents moved to Sunnyside close in Heacham where, according to Mr Foster, they have settled in to a quieter neighbourhood.

“Every car sound I heard after that I was jumping up and looking out of the window.

“We made so many friends there but I can’t face going back. We are so relaxed and chilled out its just brilliant we have left that horror behind.

“We couldn’t wish for anything else with the help of Freebridge.”

But he added his wife, who is 62, still thinks about their frightening experience.

“She still looks back on it but I have got past that bit now. It changes your attitude in life,” he added.

The couple live with their dog Milo who enjoys playing out in their garden.

And Mr Foster added their 18-month year old granddaughter Leonnie had kept them looking on the bright side.

Sunnyside Close is one of the 17 supported schemes that Freebridge manages throughout west Norfolk, which provide accommodation to anyone eligible over the age of 55.

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