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Eat 17 crash: Bishop's Stortford business reopens after car smashes through front window

Bishop's Stortford's Eat 17 store is open for business as the independent Spar and street food market bounces back from a car smashing through its plate-glass window.

Two people – a teenage girl and a man – were injured when a blue Skoda Octavia rolled or reversed down Church Street opposite, smashing straight through the Potter Street store's plate-glass window and coming to rest next to Petrucci's pizza counter just before 4pm on Thursday (July 22).

The town centre came to a standstill as stunned shoppers and staff gathered around the premises and police directed South Street traffic up Apton Road to allow emergency vehicles through.

Ready to serve customers once more (49499159)
Ready to serve customers once more (49499159)

On Thursday night, as the clean-up began, owner James Brundle's priority was the welfare of the teenage girl who sustained a leg injury, believed to be a laceration from broken glass. First aiders from Boots the Chemist opposite and members of the public volunteered to help her before East of England Ambulance Service paramedics arrived.

James said: "It must have been terrifying for her and everyone else in the shop at the time."

According to Hertfordshire Constabulary, a man was also taken to hospital after the incident.

The aftermath of the crash at Eat 17 (49499181)
The aftermath of the crash at Eat 17 (49499181)

After the crashed car was recovered, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed the building was structurally sound and the clean-up could begin.

Eat 17 shut last night while the window was boarded up, but on Friday the Sourdough toaster, Eat 17's breakfast and brunch outlet, was serving customers and James predicted the business would be operating as normal.

The former Birchwood High School student, who opened the store in November 2017 with business partner and stepbrother Chris O'Connor, paid tribute to all who work at the branch.

He told the Indie: "As you know, we get exceptionally busy, especially at the front of the store. It's a miracle nobody was seriously injured.

The aftermath of the crash at Eat 17 (49499179)
The aftermath of the crash at Eat 17 (49499179)

"We would like to thank all our staff and everyone else who came to help. It just goes to show what an amazing town Bishop's Stortford is."

Eat 17's street food market is home to Baggio Burger, Greek food outlet The Yeerologist, Yaay Yaay Thai as well as the Sourdough Toaster and Petrucci's. The store is also the base of Potter Street Fishmongers, Hanaya florist and Jade Alterman's artisan chocolate factory.

There are also three Eat 17 outlets in Walthamstow, Hammersmith and Hackney in London.

This afternoon, Hertfordshire Constabulary confirmed the Skoda driver was found at the scene and their details were taken. The spokeswoman said the incident was treated through the standard collisions procedure with no further action taken against the motorist.

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