Car smash couple rehomed

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A PENSIONER couple whose Sunderland bungalow was smashed by a car have been rehomed.

A Volkswagen Passat went through the back garden fence and ploughed into the property, in Langeeford Place, Roker, in the early hours of June 15.

Neighbours spoke of their shock at the crash, with one describing it as sounding “like a bomb”.

Following the incident police and firefighters moved quickly to make sure that a gas intake at the rear of the house was not damaged.

The two pensioners who live in the bungalow were away on holiday at the time.

They have since been temporarily re-homed until their bungalow is fully repaired.

A spokeswoman for the Bernicia Group, the housing association which owns the properties in Langeeford Place, said: “Our housing officer attended the scene and met with the residents’ daughter, as they were fortunately not at home at the time of the incident.

“We organised temporary accommodation and removals for the couple to an alternative Bernicia property close by.

“They are quite settled and comfortable there at present until their home is reinstated.

“Once complete, all arrangements will be made to seamlessly move the customer back into the property, including any advice that they may need.”

Repair work is set to begin on the bungalow. In the meantime, a security guard is standing watch over it.

The spokeswoman for Bernicia also said that the programme of building work was likely to take around “five to six weeks” to complete.

She added: “Our Housing Officer has just passed me a thank you card from the couple’s daughter, for the support Bernicia has offered so far during this unfortunate accident.”

*A 34-year-old man arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving has been released on police bail pending further inquiries.