THE owner of a period property has been left picking up the pieces after a car smashed into it at the weekend, causing thousands of pounds of damage.
Bob Dew woke to a ‘great crash’ at 5.45am on Sunday.
He put on his dressing gown and rushed to join neighbours gathering at the front of his Ixworth home.
He discovered a hole in his barn measuring 8ft high by 12ft wide and damage to an office wall which forms part of the Grade II listed building he has lived in since 1959.
The 80-year-old said: “I heard a great crash. I looked out of the window and could just see the end of the car.”
Ian Bucknell, a neighbour who rushed out to help, said he heard ‘squealing rubber and a huge bang’.
“I leapt out of bed, threw the window open and could see the back end of the car had ended up in my neighbour’s barn – it was quite a horrible sight,” he said.
“I went to see if anyone was injured, then called 999 and waited for the police to arrive,” he added.
It is thought the car, a blue MG ZR, hit a wall opposite Mr Dew’s house before crashing through his brick barn, nicknamed the ‘marriage barn’ after the many family weddings it has hosted, the last one being held just last year.
Mr Dew said: “It bounced off there and came straight across the road into the side of my barn, producing a huge hole.
“It then spun round and went backwards into my office.”
The cost of the damage has yet to be finalised, but initial reports suggest repairs could cost more than £10,000.
A number of items housed in the barn were also damaged, some of which are believed to be antiques.
A police spokesman said they were called at around 5.50am on Sunday to reports that a car had crashed into a building in Ixworth High Street.
A 21-year-old man from Ixworth was arrested on suspicion of driving with excess alcohol and failing to stop at a road traffic collision.
He was bailed to return to Bury PIC on August 31.