HGV crashes into houses

The debris left after the crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a vehicle drove into a row of houses in Whitehaven. The incident, at Ribton Moor Side, Hensingham, happened just after 6.50am today, September 11. Residents believe the truck was at least 7.5 tonnes.

One said: "It came over the kerbing, scraped several buildings, and took out a cast iron downpipe and a chunk out of our window frame. A gas pipe was also hit, but was not split. "The bang that it made shook the whole terrace and woke us up.

We didn't have a clue what was going on. It made one hell of a noise but had vanished within a matter of minutes leaving a trail of debris and masonry." Police said there were no reported injuries.

The resident added: "Fortunately no one walking on the pavement or they'd be seriously injured."

Anyone with information relating to this incident can report online at www.cumbria.police.uk/report-it, quoting incident number 54 of 11 September or call 101.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.