Car smashes into care home

The hole in a bedroom of a care home in Wells Avenue
The hole in a bedroom of a care home in Wells Avenue

STAFF and residents at a care home escaped without harm after a car ploughed through a bedroom wall in the early hours.

Emergency services raced to West Villas Care Home, in Wells Avenue, Hartlepool, but the car had already left the scene.

Luckily the bedroom was unoccupied and none of the six residents at the home were injured.

But police have launched an investigation and want to trace the driver of the car involved.

They are asking any witnesses to come forward.

The incident happened at the home at around 3.30am today.

Police, paramedics and firefighters all rushed to the home after receiving reports.

Sergeant John Hemsworth, of Hartlepool Police, said: “We received a call about an incident at West Villas Care Home.

“A car had driven through the wall and made off from the scene.

“The room that was crashed into wasn’t occupied, and nobody was injured.”

Police have yet to make any arrests in connection with the incident and the vehicle involved hasn’t yet been recovered.

A fire crew from Stranton Station made sure the area was safe and the attendance of paramedics was precautionary.

The care home, which is privately owned, has six bedrooms and is currently home to six residents.

It specialises in caring for elderly residents with learning difficulties and physical disabilities. None of the residents had to be evacuated.

Ian Brown, watch manager at Stranton Fire Station, said: “We got a call about the incident but when we arrived there wasn’t really anything we could do.

“We made sure the area was safe.”

A structural engineer was expected at the care home this morning to make sure the building was safe for residents.

Staff at the home were unable to talk about the incident when contacted by the Mail this morning.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to call Cleveland Police on (01642) 326326.