Car smashes into front of busy restaurant as families eat dinner
A car ploughed into the front of a busy restaurant where families were eating their dinner. Police and firefighters were called to Rokka Bar and Grill in Culceth, Warrington, after a car crashed into the front window at around 9.50pm on Friday, February 9. Cheshire Police said the driver of the car was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and various other offences.
He was taken to hospital to be checked over before being taken into custody for questioning. No one was seriously injured in the incident, police said. The crash is estimated to have caused around GBP30,000 worth of damage to the restaurant.
In a post on the Cheshire Police Special Constabulary Facebook page, a spokesperson said: “The restaurant diners, staff and the teenagers walking past outside were very lucky to avoid being seriously injured if not worse in the collision. “We estimate it has caused GBP30,000+ worth of damage to the restaurant, building and street furniture.
We are glad no one was seriously injured and hope the restaurant gets back on its feet ASAP!”
Photos show the damage caused to the front of the restaurant (Image: Cheshire Live)
The restaurant has thanked the community for its support following the crash. A post on the restaurant’s Facebook page said: “We are very, very, lucky that no one within the restaurant or outside was injured, all a bit shook up but thankfully unharmed. “We would firstly like to say ‘thank you’ for the outpouring of support that we have already received from the community with kind messages and asking if we need any help, it’s really appreciated.
“We’ve been able to secure the windows that have been shattered with wooden boarding and we have given the restaurant a thorough clean throughout the early hours of the morning to make the property safe. We have also had an emergency surveillance team come out and check the structure of the building that was impacted and all is structurally stable and we have been given the go-ahead to continue with business. “Apart from the eyesore we will be open and providing our service as normal!
We are working as fast as we can on getting fixtures replaced but until then our doors are open and the welcome and service will be exactly the same! “Thank you again for your understanding and continued support it means so much.” A spokesperson for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Crews were called to a road traffic collision involving one car impacting a commercial premises.
Firefighters worked with other agencies to make the area safe and ensure everyone was accounted for.
They used a gas reader to monitor the area for any leaks following the impact – there were zero readings.” Anyone with information should call Cheshire Police on 101.
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