Car ploughs into Preston house

Alex Cartwright and the damaged bay window in Wellington Road, Ashton

Alex Cartwright and the damaged bay window in Wellington Road, Ashton

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  • Car crashed into front of house
  • Couple with five-month-old baby left shocked
  • Property made safe by fire service
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A family with a baby had a lucky escape after a car ploughed into their house late on Tuesday night.

Anne-Marie Cowley, 30 and partner Alex Cartwright, 31, were thrown into panic when the drama unfolded late on Tuesday night.

They had just returned home and put their five month old daughter Jessica to bed when a VW Golf hit the front of the house in Wellington Road, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston.

The car hit the bay window of the house - just feet from where Anne-Marie was sat.

The family were unharmed but shocked.

Alex, who was upstairs at the time, after returning home from watching Preston North End, said: “It was just a really loud bang - it sounded like a bomb had gone off.

The damaged house in Wellington Road, Ashton

The damaged house in Wellington Road, Ashton

“You don’t really expect something like that to happen.”

Emergency services were called to the house just before 11pm.

When they got there the car was stuck in the bricks beneath the bay window.

Watch manager Mark Woodward of Preston fire station said: “A car crashed into the front of a terraced house, the driver had left the scene before the police and fire service got there.

Alex Cartwright with Anne-Marie Cowley with baby Jessica and the damaged bay window in Wellington Road, Ashton

Alex Cartwright with Anne-Marie Cowley with baby Jessica and the damaged bay window in Wellington Road, Ashton

“A family with a young baby in the house were unharmed but obviously in shock.”

The building was made safe by Lancashire Fire and Rescue’s Urban Search and Rescue Team.

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking.

For the full story see tomorrow’s Lancashire Evening Post