Published: 09:31, 19 February 2021
| Updated: 12:30, 19 February 2021
A car ploughed into the grounds of Holy Trinity Church in Sheerness, demolishing part of the wall and railings.
It careered off the road shortly after midnight on Wednesday at the junction of Sheerness Broadway and Trinity Road. A man in his 30s was taken to hospital.
Footage from the scene of the crash
Police cordoned off the pavement with tape after the crash in the early hours of Thursday.
A section of the metal barrier protecting pedestrians, and which carried a Swale council Welcome Back To Your High Street banner, was also destroyed by the impact of the collision.
Phil Crowder, chairman of the Sheerness Town Team, said: "The car must have ploughed into the wall with a terrific force. There was a lot of damage and rubble was scattered all across the ground.
"The only good thing is that this happened before Swale council had begun repainting the street furniture.
"It was only recently that this very barrier was repaired after being damaged before. It must have been hit three or four times."
He added: "I hope the church is insured so the wall can be rebuilt with its iron railings."
The crash happened in a 20mph speed limit.
The Rev Paul Kite said: "It is fortunate this didn’t happen during our Food Bank collection times on Mondays as it could have resulted in serious injuries for our volunteers and service users."
He said he was trying work out who will be responsible for paying for the repairs.
Police said they were called at 12.20am on Thursday . A spokesman said: "Officers attended alongside South East Coast Ambulance Service and a man in his 30s was taken to hospital for treatment to injuries which were not reported to be serious. Enquiries to establish the full circumstances remain ongoing."