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Friday, 29 August 2014

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Car crashes through entrance of Wigton's Market Hall

Stunned shoppers watched in horror as a car shot through the entrance of Wigton Market Hall’s main reception.

Wigton Market Hall crash photo
The damage at Wigton Market Hall

It happened on Saturday lunchtime when a car – believed to be a Honda estate – crashed through the front doors causing structural damage to the building.

Sandra Keaveney, trust officer with North Allerdale Development Trust, said: “Fortunately we are lucky because no one was injured and the damage can be repaired.

“We are not exactly sure how the accident happened but the woman driver managed to walk away from the scene.

“She was checked over by the ambulance service and although she was shaken up she appeared to be OK.”

Miss Keaveney said the reception area, which is also used by Allerdale Council’s Local Links office, has been damaged structurally.

The office is used for people to pay their council tax or who have council queries.

She said: “There is internal cracking in some of the pillars and the reception desk had been shunted about 4ft.

Miss Keaveney said: “We will have to get engineers in to fix it.”

The car was removed from the building by a recovery firm.

Miss Keaveney said she would like to thank the people of Wigton who helped clean up and make the building safe.

She said: “I would like to thank all of those people who came to help – they were superb.”

Police are investigating the cause of the accident.

The office will be closed tomorrow.

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