Two Sunderland families had a lucky escape after a car being pursued by police crashed into their front walls as they sat just yards away in their living rooms.
The Audi A3 vehicle careered into the wall of the Eden House Road home of Syed Aminul Islam, which he shares with his wife and seven children, and that of his next door neighbour Tony Maqsood.
Mr Islam, 40, wife Forida, 36, and a number of the couple’s children were sat in the living room of the property, in the Eden Vale area, on Sunday night when the car smashed through the brick wall, leaving debris scattered in the street.
The car also hit Mr Islam’s VW Passatt car, severely damaging the front of the vehicle, as well as a Toyota Yaris and a Peugeot 307 which both belong to neighbours.
Police and fire crews rushed to the scene to deal with the incident.
Police say the car failed to stop in nearby Ormonde Street and following the smash, two people, one a 17-year-old girl, have been arrested.
“We were all in the house and just heard a massive crash, like an explosion.”Syed Aminul Islam
A stunned Mr Islam, who works as a chef at a takeaway in Durham, told the Echo: “We were all in the house and just heard a massive crash, like an explosion.
“My wife was worried so she just got the children upstairs out of the way.
“It could have been a different story if the car had crashed in the day because my children sometimes play outside. It’s a really lucky escape.”
Mr Islam is now counting the cost of needed to get his front wall and car repaired, although he mostly thankful that no-one was injured in the incident, which happened at about 11.45pm.
“The children have all been left scared by the crash and they’re quite shaken.
“It was such a big noise when the car hit the wall and they’re worried it could happen again.”
Tony Maqsood, 38, who also lives in Eden House Road, was watching TV with his wife Afifa, 39, their daughter Zaara, 11, and cousin Razaq Arayan, when the car ploughed through his garden wall causing the house to shake.
He said: “We were just sitting watching a movie when all of a sudden we heard a massive bang and the whole house shook.
“We saw all these lights flashing outside and when we looked out of the window we saw that the police were there and a car had smashed through the side wall of my garden and ploughed into my car.”
Tony, a customer adviser at EE, is also dad to daughter Eisha, 14, and son Amaan, 15, who both were upstairs at the time of the crash.
Mr Maqsood said he is now suffering from a neck injury along with his cousin, who also has a fractured wrist as a result of jumping up quickly on hearing the crash.
He added: “The impact of the car hitting the wall caused the house to shake so we thought it was a bomb.
“It was horrible and my car has been written off.
“My youngest daughter is now really frightened and hasn’t been able to sleep since.”
A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: “Just after midnight on Sunday, August 21, a vehicle failed to stop for police in Ormonde Street in Sunderland.
“The vehicle was later found having crashed into a wall and a number of cars in Eden House Road.
“No-one was injured in the incident.
“Two people have been arrested, a 27-year-old man and 17-year-old girl and have been released on police bail.”