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Back to business for Lees shop after horror car crash

The Seat Ibiza car which drove through the front of the shop.

A shop owner in Lees has finally been able to open his doors again, after a horror car crash closed his shop just as coronavirus restrictions were about to ease.

At around 5am in the morning, a car was driven across the newly installed protective kerb at the junction of Lees Road and Hartshead Street, smashing through Megabyte’s front window and wrecking the front of the business.

The driver fled the scene, and despite having video footage of the incident, there is no sign of them being brought to justice.

John Salt, owner of Megabyte, which carries out computer repairs and upgrades, said: “Any news at five in the morning isn’t likely to be good, but I couldn’t believe what had happened.

"There have been a series of recent crashes on this junction, with the neighbouring shop being hit twice, which was why a new kerb and rumble strips had been installed. However, it couldn’t contend with this idiot managing to bury a car halfway through my front window.”

After the long process of going through the insurance to get the front of the building rebuilt and renewing the inside of the building, John has got Megabyte’s doors open again, and is welcoming customers back for computer repairs, as well as his legendary good humour.

He continued: “It’s been a tough 18 months for everyone, and I really couldn’t believe what I was faced with. When that happens, you just have to knuckle down and get on with things. You laugh because otherwise you’d cry.

“It’s been a real effort to get things back into working order, but we’re there finally. Now if anyone can recommend a way of stopping people from driving like lunatics near my shop, please get in touch." 

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