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Wall collapses on car roof in Thomas Road, Sittingbourne

By Ellis Stephenson

A car has been damaged after a wall collapsed on top of it this afternoon.

The black Vauxhall was left covered in bricks after the structure came down in Thomas Road, Sittingbourne.

At least one of the car's back windows had caved in and left dents and scratches.

It is believed to have been blown over by the wind. Picture: Ian Maggs
It is believed to have been blown over by the wind. Picture: Ian Maggs

Ian Maggs, who saw it as he was passing, said: "It has only just recently happened.

"Swale council were made aware of it on March 7 and building control visited and declared it safe.

The car was left damaged. Picture: Ian Maggs
The car was left damaged. Picture: Ian Maggs

"It has got to be the wind. The wall has been unstable for years and years but the wind this morning must have just taken it."

The wall collapsed on the car in Thomas Road, Sittingbourne. Picture: Ian Maggs
The wall collapsed on the car in Thomas Road, Sittingbourne. Picture: Ian Maggs

Spokesman for South Thames Gateway Building Control Partnership said: “The wall was damaged following a road traffic accident, the dangerous sections of the wall were remove and we informed the owner of the need for repairs to the remainder and they were in the process of arranging the necessary repairs.

“The wall has been monitored since and was last checked on 7 March and whilst in poor condition it did not appear unstable and was not considered to be liable to collapse.

“Unfortunately excessively high winds have affected a number of structures including freestanding garden walls, many of which are not sufficiently maintained or designed to cope in excessive conditions.

“We would urge residents to inspect their own walls. Guidance in relation to inspection of garden and boundary walls can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/your-garden-walls-better-to-be-safe.”

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