Man arrested after lorry crashes into listed house in Woolpit

A lorry has crashed into a house in Woolpit. Photo by Jane Storey. ANL-160403-120806001
A lorry has crashed into a house in Woolpit. Photo by Jane Storey. ANL-160403-120806001
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A 23-year-old man has been arrested after a lorry crashed into 15th century listed house in Woolpit.

Police were called to the scene, at the junction of Mill Close and Green Road, just after 9.20am this morning.

A lorry has crashed into a house in Woolpit. Photo by Jane Storey. ANL-160403-120755001

A lorry has crashed into a house in Woolpit. Photo by Jane Storey. ANL-160403-120755001

A police spokeswoman said “A lorry has crashed into a house but there are not thought to be any injuries.

“The house appears to be damaged. The lorry is stuck and the road will be closed for some time.

Gayle Jenkins, who owns the 15th century listed building, said it was heartbreaking to see the damage caused by the crash.

“The damage looks minimal from the outside but inside it is a real mess,” she said

A lorry has crashed into a house in Woolpit. Photo by Jane Storey. ANL-160403-120743001

A lorry has crashed into a house in Woolpit. Photo by Jane Storey. ANL-160403-120743001

“We were asleep when it happened - the house shook.

“I looked out the window and knew straight away what had happened.

“I am sat here now looking at the damage and it is heartbreaking”.

Councillor Jane Storey, who lives nearby, said lorries driving through narrow streets in the village had been a problem for some time.

“We’ve had this happen before probably about six months ago.

“It happens, not to this extent, but fairly regularly those two houses get clipped.

“It is because they come down Mill Lane and is gets really narrow.

“At the moment the lorry can’t be moved because the house is unsafe.

“A structural engineer is due to come at 1pm and assess the damage but the lorry can’t be moved in the meantime.”

The Rev Ruth Farrell, rector of St Mary’s Church in Woolpit, said: “It’s the second time it’s happened within a year.

“One of the houses was damaged quite badly a year ago by a lorry going into it.

“I think it’s a problem that has been happening more since sat navs came along.

“I think there has been damage more than once - this isn’t just the second time. I think damage has happened previous times but I can’t tell you how often.”

She said it needs to be made clearer that the road is unsuitable for lorries.

“We have too many big lorries going through the village anyway and it’s awful when peoples’ lovely old houses get put at risk and damaged like this.”

A 23-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of careless driving. He is currently being held at Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre.

If you saw the incident or can help officers with their investigation call Suffolk police on 101.