Car crashes into home of self-isolating couple forcing them to move out


A self-isolating married couple said it sounded ‘like a bomb had gone off’ when a car smashed into their house. Robin Deane, 74, Carol, 66, were upstairs in the bedroom during last night’s collision, which completely wiped out their downstairs toilet and structurally damaged the building. Now it is not safe for them to live there and they have had to move to a nearby property provided by Stroud District Council. Police say the driver had left the scene, but a man has since come forward to say he was responsible for the crash. The pair had been self-isolating since February 21 because Robin has a medical condition affecting his immune system.

Their house was left in such a dangerous state they were only given an hour to go inside and fetch some of their belongings. Robin told the BBC: ‘The supporting wall, supporting the floor upstairs is hanging down.

‘There’s a big split in the wall. Even the stairs aren’t structurally safe because where they come up, it’s on that wall.’ Gloucestershire Police say they were called to the scene in Stroud at about 11.30pm last night, at which point the crashed vehicle had been left empty.

A spokesperson for the force said: ‘Extensive damage was caused to the property and no-one inside the house was physically harmed.’ They said a man got in touch with police this morning and turned himself in as the driver, who was not picked up by a search using a police helicopter. Police say the man later went to hospital to be treated or non-serious injuries. Enquiries are still ongoing.