Wheelie bins smashed to pieces by collision involving mystery motorist

PUBLISHED: 09:47 18 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:47 18 April 2018

Wheely bins outside Katie Jayne Lea's farm, on Exe View Road, were destroyed when a vehicle collided with them in the early hours of Sunday morning. Picture by Katie Jayne Lea.

Wheely bins outside Katie Jayne Lea's farm, on Exe View Road, were destroyed when a vehicle collided with them in the early hours of Sunday morning. Picture by Katie Jayne Lea.

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An Exmouth woman's wheelie bins were smashed to pieces after a mystery motorist crashed into them before driving off.

A wing mirror was among debris left by a collision near Exe View Road in the early hours of Sunday morning. Picture by Katie Jayne Lea.A wing mirror was among debris left by a collision near Exe View Road in the early hours of Sunday morning. Picture by Katie Jayne Lea.

Katie Jayne Lea was asleep at her farm, in Exe View Road, at 2.30am on Sunday, when she was woken by a loud crash.

She said: “I was really worried that I was going to find a car upside down and people injured, or worse.

“But they got away with just scuffing the barn wall. The bins were in pieces all over the road.”

Wheely bins outside Katie Jayne Lea's farm, on Exe View Road, were destroyed when a vehicle collided with them in the early hours of Sunday morning. Picture by Katie Jayne Lea.Wheely bins outside Katie Jayne Lea's farm, on Exe View Road, were destroyed when a vehicle collided with them in the early hours of Sunday morning. Picture by Katie Jayne Lea.

Katie shared images of the aftermath on the Exmouth Community Facebook group, in a post receiving more than 80 reactions and more than 40 comments.

In her post she wrote: “To the people who left our bins like this at 2.30am: you are lucky to be alive. How you didn’t hit the barn I have no idea.

“P.S. You left your wheel arch behind, and probably most of the front left wing of your car is smashed to pieces... I’m sure your mothers are very proud of you.”

Wheely bins outside Katie Jayne Lea's farm, on Exe View Road, were destroyed when a vehicle collided with them in the early hours of Sunday morning. Picture by Katie Jayne Lea.Wheely bins outside Katie Jayne Lea's farm, on Exe View Road, were destroyed when a vehicle collided with them in the early hours of Sunday morning. Picture by Katie Jayne Lea.

Due to the debris left behind, which included a metallic blue/green wing mirror and a wheel arch with a serial number, the vehicle appears to have been a three-door Vauxhall Corsa.

Katie said she hoped the experience had ‘scared them enough to consider the impact their driving could have on others’.

She added: “The main thing is that I’m glad no one was hurt and I hope it makes people think again before racing their cars in the lanes.

“If they had crashed, the already stretched emergency services would have to deal with them.

“If the worst had happened, then I’m sure they have loved ones who would miss them.

“It’s only a few broken bins that can be replaced, but I hope they put more value on their own lives next time they drive.”

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said there were ‘no further details to add’ to the report.

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