Pub Wall Demolished After Late-Night Smash

CUSTOMERS had a lucky escape after a car ploughed through the wall of a St Neots pub. A section of Great North Road in Eaton Socon was closed following the crash, which took place just before 10pm on Sunday (August 17). It is believed a Toyota pick-up tr

CUSTOMERS had a lucky escape after a car ploughed through the wall of a St Neots pub.

A section of Great North Road in Eaton Socon was closed following the crash, which took place just before 10pm on Sunday (August 17).

It is believed a Toyota pick-up truck collided with a side wall of the Waggon and Horses. A police spokesman said the pub had been left "severely damaged".

The landlord, Jeff Collins, told The Hunts Post he feared one of the oldest walls of the historical pub, which dates back to 1740, may collapse.

He said: "I remember hearing the squeaking of brakes and an almighty thud and thinking someone must have been killed. Then I ran downstairs and saw dust everywhere.

"When I got outside there was a car in the side of the pub. It is pretty unbelievable. I think I'm still in shock but I'm glad no one was injured."

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He said only a few people were in the pub at the time and that the debris from the crash had narrowly missed two men. The pub has been closed because of the damage to its structural - it is hoped it will reopen later this week.

A 33-year-old from County Down, Ireland, has been arrested and charged on suspicion of drink-driving.

He is due to appear at Huntingdon Magistrates' Court on August 28.

INFORMATION: Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0845 4564564 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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