‘He nearly went through our living room!’ This dramatic footage captures moment car smashes into Stoke-on-Trent house in middle of night


A family’s fear has come true again – after an out-of-control car almost ‘careered through their living room’.

The vehicle smashed into a lamp-post and ended up partly suspended in the air in a front garden following the latest crash on Coseley Street, Smallthorne.

It is the fourth smash in three years at the accident blackspot. Previous crashes have destroyed walls, lamp-posts and grit bins.

Disabled mum-of-one Iona Stockton and her partner have been pleading with Stoke-on-Trent City Council for traffic-calming measures outside their home.


It is understood two men and a woman were in the car when it crashed at 2.30am on Tuesday, March 31. CCTV footage appears to show them leaving the scene without raising the alarm.

Iona, aged 23, said: “It’s lucky that the car didn’t go through our living room. Next-door’s car is completely written off.

“All the council has done is put a car-counting measure box at the top of the road. I’ve emailed multiple videos and pictures to them and no-one has been in touch.

Coseley Street, Smallthorne
The fourth crash outside Iona Stockton’s home in Coseley Street since 2017

“We’re not happy and I can’t believe this has happened again. The whole street is terrified.

“The grit bin is all over the place again and that had only just been replaced. I thought the lamp-post was going to fall onto our house.”

Stoke-on-Trent North MP Jonathan Gullis has written to the council and Staffordshire Police following representations from the family.

The crash in Smallthorne this morning

He said: “I will continue to lobby for street calming measures, or preferably a safety barrier, to be installed.”

Staffordshire Police have towed away the Vauxhall Vectra as part of their investigations. A 29-year-old man was yesterday being questioned after being arrested on suspicion of disqualified driving.

A police spokesman said: “Police were called to a report of a road traffic collision in Coseley Street. A Vauxhall Vectra was involved in a collision with a parked car which then caused damage to a garden.

The scene outside Iona’s home on Tuesday morning (March 31) after the most recent crash

“A 29-year-old Stoke-on-Trent man has been arrested on suspicion of disqualified driving.”

Any witnesses to the collision should call the police on 101, quoting incident number 40 of March 31.

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Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for infrastructure, regeneration and heritage, said: “Road safety is one of our top priorities and something we take very seriously.

“The police have arrested a man on suspicion of disqualified driving in relation to Tuesday’s crash, so it would not be appropriate for me to comment on that specific incident while their investigations are ongoing, however, do we sympathise with the family in this situation.

“What I can say is that following a request from residents, we monitored the speed and amount of traffic on Coseley Street over the course of a week in February and have just received the data back.

“An average of 380 cars used the road each day during that period, with 85 per cent of those travelling under 28mph and therefore within the legal speed limit.

“We are reviewing the current accident statistics and making contact with the police so we can better understand the nature of the recent incidents that have taken place.

“We receive many requests for traffic calming measures which far outweigh the limited funding available for such schemes.

“Our funds must therefore be targeted at areas with a history of speed-related collisions resulting in personal injury, prioritised to those locations with the greatest number of collisions.”

 





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