THIS is the damage caused when a car careered out of control and smashed through the front of a hair salon.
Owner Judith Nicholls has been left with a £10,000 bill after the Citroen Saxo rammed through the front window.
Neighbours who heard the collision called Judith to Salon 2000, in Oxclose Road in Washington. Police had to winch the car wreckage from her store front.
The driver and a passenger fled. Another passenger, a 15-year-old girl was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
Judith, who has owned the salon for 16 years, has today been left counting the cost.
She said: “When I arrived there were fire engines and police cars there and the road had been cordoned off.
“I was in total shock when I saw it.
“Luckily for us, we’ve got two shop fronts, so we’re partially still able to operate.”
Judith was able to open up the hairdressing side of the business after Friday’s late night crash but will have to wait to get the sunbed section operating again.
Repairs include replacing the window and window frame, repairing the ceiling and replastering and replacing damaged equipment, which is estimated to cost at least £10,000.
“The powerplates for the sunbeds were also damaged,” Judith said. “It’s really lucky there was no-one in the shop using them at the time otherwise they would be dead.”
They are expected to be back in use next week.
The drama comes as Judith recovers from a flood that hit the store in December, causing it to close its doors until late-March.
She added: “When I first saw it all I could think was how can this happen again?
“The flood closed the salon for two months so in comparison this isn’t anywhere near as bad because at least this time we’re still operational, but it nearly could have.
“Although most people would think we are beset by bad luck, I actually think the opposite.
“We have remarkably loyal clients who have supported us throughout and I think we have come through without injury to staff or clients.”
The smash, which is not believed to have involved any other vehicles, took place on Friday at about 10.55pm.
Police are now trying to trace the driver and passenger of the car.
Anyone with any information should phone 03456 043 043 ex 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.