Man injured after van crashes into Exmouth shop

PUBLISHED: 11:11 19 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:11 19 February 2018

Emergency services and the district council were called out early on Thursday morning after a van collided with the Budgens Store on Exmouth seafront.

Emergency services and the district council were called out early on Thursday morning after a van collided with the Budgens Store on Exmouth seafront.

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Damage was caused to an Exmouth shop after a van crashed into it in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Windows were boarded up after a van collided into the Budgens Store on Exmouth seafront.Windows were boarded up after a van collided into the Budgens Store on Exmouth seafront.

Emergency services were called out to the Budgens store on the seafront on February 15 at 12.40am after reports a van had collided with the front of a shop on Queen’s Drive.

A police spokesman said a man was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital but his injuries were not life-threatening or life-changing.

East Devon District Council sent a building control surveyor to the scene to assist the emergency services as the vehicle had crashed into one of the stone clad piers causing it to crack and some of the stone cladding to crumble.

A district council spokeswoman said: “In cases like this the surveyor has responsibility for ensuring the structure is safe and advising the property owner on necessary actions. In this case, leaked oil from the vehicle had to be treated to ensure the public footpath and road is safe, the broken windows had to be boarded over and part of the footpath has been cordoned off to keep people away from the damaged part of the building.

The damage at Budgens on Exmouth seafront. Picture: Paul Strange.The damage at Budgens on Exmouth seafront. Picture: Paul Strange.

“Although the building is cracked and damaged, it is still structurally sound and both the Ocean Centre and the Budgen store remain open. However, significant repair works will be necessary.”

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