Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Lucky to Be Alive; Couple's Living Room Wrecked in Car Smash as They Slept Upstairs

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Lucky to Be Alive; Couple's Living Room Wrecked in Car Smash as They Slept Upstairs

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Byline: TONI GUILLOT toni.guillot@trinitymirror.com @ToniGuillot89

A COUPLE have described how they are lucky to be alive after a police chase ended with a suspected stolen car ploughing into their home.

Grandparents-of-24 Francis and Sylvia Sayers were asleep in bed when they heard a "big, loud crashing noise" in the early hours of yesterday.

A black Mercedes had smashed through road railings and a garden wall before ploughing into their living room window on Ayresome Green Lane, in Middlesbrough.

"It sounded like someone had fallen down the stairs," said Mr Sayers, who is 55 and disabled.

"We could see the back of the car sticking out of the window from the top of the stairs.

"I panicked because I've only got one leg so it's hard enough as it is for me to get up and down.

"I ended up having to sit on the stairs for hours while they cleared the mess."

The home next door, where one of the couple's six children lives with her family was also damaged in the smash.

"Part of the wall smashed through their door so it's had to be boarded up," Mr Sayers said.

"The grandkids have had to go elsewhere while it gets sorted.

"I'm just glad they were all in bed when it happened."

No one in either house was injured, but both homes were badly damaged, leaving the Sayers, who have lived on the Linthorpe street for 16 years, stranded outside. …

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