Hole in the wall

A couple from our region have had to move into a hotel after a lorry crashed into their house.

It happened when the driver was swerving to avoid a black pick-up truck going fast the other way on West Street in Buckingham on Tuesday 26 October 2010.

It took 24 hours to remove the lorry because of worries the crash would cause the building to collapse.  The lorry was only removed once structural engineers had given the all-clear.

No-one was hurt in the crash; the house was empty because the people who live there were at work.  The man and woman who live in the house have had to move into the hotel because the damage is so severe.

Police arrested the lorry driver - a 21 year old man from Bulgaria - for having no insurance.  He was later released with a caution.  Detectives are trying to trace the driver of the black pick-up truck, who didn't stop.

Investigating officer, PC Liz Johnson from the Roads Policing Unit at Milton Keynes, said: "We are very keen to speak to anyone who saw the pick-up style vehicle coming from the direction of Buckingham town centre, heading towards Brackley.

"Luckily no-one was hurt in the collision, but it has caused severe damage to the house and widespread disruption to neighbouring businesses and residents."

If you have information that could help police, you're asked to call PC Johnson on 0845 8 505 505. If you don’t want to speak to police, or leave your name, call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.