Narrow escape as stolen car crashes into house

The Ford Fiesta car which was stolen and then crashed into the gable wall of a house at Elm Grove on Boxing Day.  (3012JB02)
The Ford Fiesta car which was stolen and then crashed into the gable wall of a house at Elm Grove on Boxing Day. (3012JB02)

A householder in the Ballyarnett area of the city escaped injury on St Stephen’s Day when a stolen car crashed into the side of the house.

The incident happened in Elmgrove shortly after 1pm on Monday. The car was driven into the side of the house, resulting in large cracks developing in the exterior wall. No one is believed to have been injured in the incident.

The car, a silver Ford Fiesta, has been stolen from outside a nearby house shortly before the incident by a man and a woman.

A PSNI spokesperson said; “Shortly after 1pm it was reported that a car had been stolen from outside a house in the Elmgrove area by an unknown male and female.

“The car was driven a short distance before crashing and causing damage to the wall of a house. Both persons then made off on foot.”

The incident was condemned by local Sinn Féin councillor Tony Hassan, who lives in the area.

“This was a very frightening experience for the occupant of house damaged in this incident and is the last thing anyone would expect to happen at lunch time on St Stephen’s Day,” he said.

Colr. Hassan also paid tribute to local builders who moved in to repair the damaged wall.

“I visited the scene shortly after the crash and there was a lot of damaged caused to the wall of the house. I would like to thank the local builders who helped fix up the damage as best that could be done in the circumstances,” he added.

The Sinn Féin councillor said that two local residents had their property damaged as a result of the crash.

“We must also not forget the other victims in this incident the owners of the stolen car. I would appeal for the anyone with information to contact the police,” he said.

Appealing for information, a PSNI spokesperson said; “Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Strand Road Police Station on 0845 600 8000. Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”