Sunday, September 17, 2006

Deepings Hole in the Wall Gang strike historic monument

The ancient Deeping St James monument narrowly missed serious damage early today when an out of control car smashed into the bollards protecting it.

The 15th Century monument in the centre of our village served as an overnight lock-up for prisoners for much of the 19th and early 20th Century. It was restored by the parish council seven years ago when the not unattractive protective bollards were installed.

The tyremarks left on the road at 5am today show that the car came from Eastgate... hit one of the bollards...careered across the mouth of the junction with Broadgate Lane...mounted the pavement on Church Street...and eventually came to rest embedded in the wall at the home of local artist and recently retired parish councillor Derek Abel. Fortunately, no-one was hurt.

Photo shows local builder Stuart McCabe with Mrs Abel and Derek making the damage safe this evening, before repair work can be undertaken.

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