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Saturday, 23 August 2014

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Crash has devastated my business, says Cumbrian butcher

A butcher has revealed the devastating impact on his business after a car skidded out of control and smashed through the shop window.

Brampton butchers shop photo
Colin Moore outside his shop

Colin Moore said it could be months before he reopens after a Chevrolet ploughed into the front of the building in High Cross Street, Brampton.

Police are hunting the driver of the car, saying it was suspected the vehicle had been taken without the owner’s consent. Officers added that the driver was spotted fleeing from the scene after the impact.

The crash ruptured a mains gas pipe and led to shops on High Cross Street being closed because of a risk of explosion.

Mr Moore, owner of Colin Moore Butchers Ltd, told the News & Star: “The shop manager was starting work about 10 minutes after the crash happened. He phoned me up at home.

“I was shocked but my first concern was to check that nobody was on the premises and nobody was injured.” He said he had “no idea” when the business might reopen, adding counters had been moved about 2ft in the impact and the interior was smashed up.

“The shop front is completely gone,” added Mr Moore, who said the business was run with seven staff. “As it stands at the moment, the shop isn’t fit for purpose. The counters in the shop are made to measure for the premises. That’s not something that happens overnight. I imagine it will take a couple of months or possibly more.”

Mike Mitchelson, who had to shut his newsagent shop for more than two hours on Saturday morning, saw the crash. He said: “I was carrying parcels of papers in at the time. It was unbelievable.

“We could smell gas and the fire brigade started to cordon the area off.”

He added he had seen crashes before “but none quite as bad as that”.

Engineers from Northern Gas Networks had completed their work by about 11am. A spokesman said only one property had been affected and they had made the area safe.

The Chevrolet was removed for forensic analysis. Police say the driver was white, aged about 18 and was of slim to medium build with short, brown spiky hair.

He was wearing a mustard-coloured hooded top. Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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