Car crashes into the front of club
THIS was the scene of destruction after an out-of-control car ploughed through the wall of a workingmen's club.
A 45-year-old man has been arrested after the vehicle smashed into Coppenhall Workingmen's Club, in Crewe, causing extensive damage to the venue.
The car careered through a window and internal wall, before coming to a standstill inside the North Street club.
The venue is believed to have been occupied at the time, although, miraculously, nobody was injured in the smash.
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Cheshire Police last night confirmed a man from the area was arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage before being released on bail.
The driver of the car is understood to have walked away with minor injuries.
Officers were called to the venue shortly after 6.45pm on Sunday.
They have now launched an appeal for witnesses as they work to find out why the car hit the club.
The watering hole was open for businesses as usual last night – despite major internal damage.
Builders have put up wooden boards to cover the gaping hole left behind, while the internal room damaged in the collision has been sealed off with temporary wooden hoardings.
Staff declined to comment when approached by The Sentinel last night.
But local residents told how they heard a loud crash as the vehicle struck the wall.
Irene Seary, aged 62, of nearby Broughton Road, said: "It's amazing to think nobody was hurt. We heard a loud crash, which must have been the car going through the wall.
"There was fire engines, police, ambulances. It looked like a really major accident.
"We don't use the club but it seems very popular."
Another resident, who asked not to be named, said: "We heard a terrific crash and saw the blue lights, but we didn't find out until the morning what had actually happened.
"I'm pleased to hear nobody was injured, I suppose it could have been a lot worse."
Police spokesman Jane Gregory said: "Cheshire Police is appealing to members of the public to avoid the immediate vicinity whilst this work is being undertaken and the investigation is taking place to establish the circumstances surrounding the collision.
"The building has been badly damaged and work has been done to access the structural state of the building.
"The driver of the car is believed to have sustained minor injuries.
"It is believed at this time that no-one else has been injured in the incident."
Anyone with information about the incident should contact Cheshire Police on 101.