Runaway car hits Portchester house

HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier leaves Portsmouth Naval Base for the first time on October 30. 

Picture: Malcolm Wells

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A HOMEOWNER has told of his shock after a car ploughed into the front of his house while he was inside.

David Chambers, 64, had returned to his Kilmiston Drive, Portchester, home briefly from a holiday in Dorset to pick up some medication.

CRASH David Chambers, 64, in front of his home. Picture: Malcolm Wells (131507-7258)

CRASH David Chambers, 64, in front of his home. Picture: Malcolm Wells (131507-7258)

He had planned to be at home for only 20 minutes, arriving home at around 9.25am today, when the car rolled backwards from the top of the Exton Gardens cul-de-sac, which is built into the side of Portsdown Hill.

He said: ‘I was upstairs when I heard a terrific bang. I walked downstairs and saw a car parked in the house.

‘No-one was hurt, which was the best thing that could have happened.’

David’s own Nissan was parked in his driveway, but escaped with only a rear headlight smashed.

Another car, parked further up the hill, had a smashed wing mirror.

Miraculously, David said the car might not be a write-off.

‘The house took the brunt of the damage,’ he said.

The car had gone by 3.30pm, and its owner had been visiting a friend in the road.

Council contractors have made Mr Chambers’ house secure, and shored up the front storey with acro bars.