Runaway van crashes into house

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A RUNAWAY van caused extensive damage to a house in Birtley as it rolled down a hill and crashed through a garden wall and into the porch.

Police were called at 4.15am on Thurday morning after the Ford Transit delivery vehicle, with nobody inside, ploughed into the semi-detached bungalow in Kirkstone.

The brick garden wall was destroyed and debris was strewn across the front garden. The porch of the property had cracks and indentations.

Nobody was injured in the crash, but police are trying to piece together what happened.