Hunt to find driver after care home smash

Damage caused by the smash
Damage caused by the smash

POLICE say it is fortunate that no-one was killed when a car ploughed into the side of a care home.

Hartlepool officers are appealing again for information to catch the driver of a silver Citroen that burst through a wooden fence before smashing into a bedroom of the West Villas Care Home, in Wells Avenue, Hartlepool,

Staff and residents escaped unharmed after the crash at 3.15am on Saturday, December 24, as reported in that day’s Hartlepool Mail.

But police say it was a “potentially fatal incident” and are seeking the person responsible who drove off after the incident.

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “The crash caused a considerable amount of damage to the home, but luckily no-one was hurt. The wall to one resident’s bedroom was destroyed and a brick landed on his bed, but luckily he was not in the room at the time.

“Members of staff rushed out immediately, but the car drove off.

“Police would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed this potentially fatal incident.”

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

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.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Anthony Wallace, of Hartlepool Police, on (01642) 302110 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.