Motorist flees after smashing into Eastwood businesses

What a mess – the aftermath of the crash in Rayleigh Road, Eastwood

Owners – Andy Fletcher and Brad Benfield in front of their

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TWO businesses were damaged when a car ploughed into a barber shop in Eastwood.

The blue Subaru Impreza driver and his passenger did a runner after careering into Brads Barbers, in Rayleigh Road, at about 5am yesterday.

The impact also damaged the neighbouring Discount Motor Spares shop, but remarkably both businesses remained open.

Brad Benfield, owner of the barber shop, which has been there for 15 years, thanked friends and clients for their help in the aftermath.

He said: “I’ve had so many phonecalls and texts from friends and clients offering to help, for which we’re really thankful.

“We had five or so people here at 7am, helping to board up the window and get the power back on.

“There were even people who should have been at work, but came here to help. We’re still clearing up, but we wanted to stay open.”

Andy Fletcher, co-owner of the car parts shop, discovered the damage as he arrived for work and is concerned about a large crack in a side wall.

He said: “I didn’t know about it until I turned up for work at 8am and couldn’t open the door.

“Opening it set the alarm off and we’re waiting for builders to see how bad the damage is to the wall.

“Brads looks like it’s taken the brunt of the damage, but ours might be worse structurally.”

Jeanette Walker, 45, and Roy Browning, 55, live on the opposite side of Eastwood Road.

Miss Walker said: “I heard the bang and thought it was a building site opposite, but obviously not.

“Roy was in the bathroom and looked out the window, but could not see anyone.

“There was no ambulance and I’m surprised the driver managed to walk away – I didn’t expect there to be much left of the shops after hearing the bang.”

A fire crew from Leigh were called to the scene and made the building as safe as possible.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward as they hunt for the driver of the car.

Call police on 101.

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7:30am Fri 20 Jun 14

Barry Bas says...

Isn't this just a repeat of the same story from a few days ago or do cars make a habit of smashing into barber shops?
Isn't this just a repeat of the same story from a few days ago or do cars make a habit of smashing into barber shops? Barry Bas
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11:59am Fri 20 Jun 14

KBS2014 says...

What a tw@t. How many people in the area drive a blue Subaru?! Sooner or later a neighbour will realise they haven't been woken up by the sound of an exhaust for a few days....penny will drop. Luckily no one was hurt
What a tw@t. How many people in the area drive a blue Subaru?! Sooner or later a neighbour will realise they haven't been woken up by the sound of an exhaust for a few days....penny will drop. Luckily no one was hurt KBS2014
  • Score: 2

12:30pm Fri 20 Jun 14

SLord90 says...

Literally this world is turning into scum.... its just something else day after day, these poor business owners trying to earn their keep all for some inconsiderate human being to smash their vehicle into someone else's lively hood.
Literally this world is turning into scum.... its just something else day after day, these poor business owners trying to earn their keep all for some inconsiderate human being to smash their vehicle into someone else's lively hood. SLord90
  • Score: 2

12:38pm Fri 20 Jun 14

whateverhappened says...

“Roy was in the bathroom and looked out the window, but could not see anyone.

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brilliant...a pulitzer prize is on it's way
“Roy was in the bathroom and looked out the window, but could not see anyone. . brilliant...a pulitzer prize is on it's way whateverhappened
  • Score: 2

1:11pm Fri 20 Jun 14

The Macduffian says...

whateverhappened wrote:
“Roy was in the bathroom and looked out the window, but could not see anyone.

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brilliant...a pulitzer prize is on it's way
Don't bathroom windows have opaque glass in them, so he would not have seen anyone anyway
[quote][p][bold]whateverhappened[/bold] wrote: “Roy was in the bathroom and looked out the window, but could not see anyone. . brilliant...a pulitzer prize is on it's way[/p][/quote]Don't bathroom windows have opaque glass in them, so he would not have seen anyone anyway The Macduffian
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1:38pm Fri 20 Jun 14

sesibollox says...

Not another one, same shop, same car, Oh it's the same old story from days ago......Doh..
Not another one, same shop, same car, Oh it's the same old story from days ago......Doh.. sesibollox
  • Score: 2

2:15pm Fri 20 Jun 14

whateverhappened says...

sesibollox wrote:
Not another one, same shop, same car, Oh it's the same old story from days ago......Doh..
Yeah but did we know about Roy looking out of his bathroom window, which might or as it seems might not look out over the accident site!
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: Not another one, same shop, same car, Oh it's the same old story from days ago......Doh..[/p][/quote]Yeah but did we know about Roy looking out of his bathroom window, which might or as it seems might not look out over the accident site! whateverhappened
  • Score: 4

2:21pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

At least it's one less moronic scooby
At least it's one less moronic scooby Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 0

8:29pm Fri 20 Jun 14

the25man says...

Driver and passenger did a runner. I wonder why. Stolen, drunk, drugs, no insurance, no licence, dads car, what ever the reason the driver couldn't drive.
At least nobody hurt.
Driver and passenger did a runner. I wonder why. Stolen, drunk, drugs, no insurance, no licence, dads car, what ever the reason the driver couldn't drive. At least nobody hurt. the25man
  • Score: 1

10:31pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Cor Blimey says...

The Macduffian wrote:
whateverhappened wrote:
“Roy was in the bathroom and looked out the window, but could not see anyone.

.
brilliant...a pulitzer prize is on it's way
Don't bathroom windows have opaque glass in them, so he would not have seen anyone anyway
Maybe the window was open? Silly cow!
[quote][p][bold]The Macduffian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whateverhappened[/bold] wrote: “Roy was in the bathroom and looked out the window, but could not see anyone. . brilliant...a pulitzer prize is on it's way[/p][/quote]Don't bathroom windows have opaque glass in them, so he would not have seen anyone anyway[/p][/quote]Maybe the window was open? Silly cow! Cor Blimey
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