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Two people injured as Skoda smashes through front of Bishop's Stortford's Eat 17 store




Two people were injured when a car smashed through the front of Bishop's Stortford's Eat 17 grocery store and street food market on Thursday afternoon (July 22).

A blue Skoda rolled or reversed down Church Street opposite the Potter Street independent Spar store and straight into the seating area window next to Petrucci's pizza counter just before 4pm.

Police are trying to trace the driver.

The Skoda crashed through the seating area window next to Petrucci's pizza counter
The Skoda crashed through the seating area window next to Petrucci's pizza counter

Stunned shoppers and staff watched as police officers taped off the area in front of the store. A Herts Fire and Rescue Service crew and East of England Ambulance Service paramedics attended the scene.

Traffic was being directed up Apton Road as the emergency services dealt with the aftermath of the crash.

A spokeswoman for Hertfordshire Constabulary said: "Police were called at 3.58pm to reports of a collision in Potter Street. A blue Skoda Octavia had gone into a shop window.

A teenager in the store suffered leg injuries and a man was taken to hospital
A teenager in the store suffered leg injuries and a man was taken to hospital

"A teenager who was in the shop sustained leg injuries while a man was also taken to hospital.

"Emergency services remain at the scene and the public are advised to avoid the area and seek an alternative route.

"The car has been recovered and the building is structurally sound."

The shocked owner of Click Click photo studio, Lindsey Trundle, said she and her staff heard the crash as the plate glass window shattered. Staff from Boots the Chemist opposite rushed to offer first aid.

Police, the fire and rescue service and paramedics were sent to the scene
Police, the fire and rescue service and paramedics were sent to the scene

A spokesman for the fire service said: "We currently have one fire engine in attendance at an incident in Potter Street, Bishop's Stortford, where a car appears to have reversed through a shop window. Firefighters are currently assisting in making the scene safe."

The Indie has contacted the co-owner of Eat 17, former Birchwood High School boy James Brundle, for comment. He opened the outlet, his fourth, with business partner and stepbrother Chris O'Connor in November 2017.

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

Thankfully, because the crash happened at 4pm, the dining area was not packed with lunchtime or evening diners
Thankfully, because the crash happened at 4pm, the dining area was not packed with lunchtime or evening diners


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