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Costa pays tribute after woman killed when car hit shop

Costa Coffee has paid tribute to the victims and families of those injured when a car ploughed through the window of one of its shops.

A woman died after a car hit the shop Credit: Mark Heathcote

A woman in her 70s died and four people were seriously injured when the Audi went through the window of the shop in Westerham, Kent.

Our thoughts are with the victims and their families who have been affected by this very sad and shocking event.

We're working with emergency services to offer all possible support during their rescue efforts. Our team are deeply shocked by what has happened.

– Costa Coffee spokesman
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Witness describes car 'shooting across the pavement' before coffee shop crash

A Westerham resident has described the moment an Audi went 'shooting across the pavement' before ploughing into the front of a Costa coffee shop, as he met with friends at another coffee shop across the road.

Michael Rudkin said the car was 'embedded' in the Costa store front.

The incident happened in Westerham, near Sevenoaks at 10.30 am.

One woman in her 70s has died and five other people were injured, four seriously.


Two 'older people' in car that crashed into coffee shop

The car can be seen deep inside the shop. Credit: ITV News

Police say there were two older people in the car crashed in to a Costa coffee shop in Westerham, Kent on Christmas Eve.

The car hit a number of vehicles and was reported to have been out of control for some time before hurtling into the shop, police told ITV News

A woman in her seventies died in the incident, and four more people - including the male driver and female passenger - were described by police as "walking wounded".

Police added that they are planning to remove the car from the shop in the next hour or so.

In a statement, Costa said: "Our thoughts are with the victims and their families who have been affected by this very sad and shocking event."

Coffee shop victim 'was visiting family for Christmas'

A woman in her early 70s who died after a car plunged into a Westerham coffee shop was "visiting family for Christmas", local media reports.

The woman died after a car ploughed into the coffee shop. Credit: Mark Heathcote

Chief Inspector Roscoe Walford said emergency services were now taking their time to analyse the crash site, telling the Sevenoaks Chronicle:

"The scene was one of shock and confusion when we got here, as you can Imagine.

"I am very, very sorry this has happened and we will do our very best to find out the circumstances behind it."

Five others are being treated for injuries at local hospitals.

Coffee shop crash witness: 'There was debris everywhere'

A witness has described the moment an Audi car ploughed through a branch of Costa Coffee in Westerham.

Mark Heathcote, a photographer working in the area, told ITV News: "As I approached I could see there were people coming out of Costa with blood on their faces, being helped out. There was debris everywhere.

"I could see there was a car almost fully inside the restaurant so it had obviously ploughed through about three or four tables."

Heathcote was at the scene of the crash seconds after it happened. Credit: Mark Heathcote

One woman in her seventies has died and five others are injured.


'Several injured' as car crashes into Costa coffee shop

A picture shows a car crashed into the front of Costa in Westerham, Kent. Credit: Sally Pendleton/PA Wire

Several people are believed to have been injured after a car crashed into a Costa coffee shop in Westerham, Kent.

South East Coast Ambulance Service confirmed it was on the scene after the incident.

BBC News reported that some of those injured in the crash were believed to be in serious condition, citing the ambulance service.

One onlooker, Sally Pendleton, said numberous ambulances and police cars are at the scene, with the road completely blocked off.

Family of Triathlete speak of their devastation

The family of Paul Galligawk pay tribute to a 'brilliant son'. Credit: Facebook

The family of Paul Gallihawk who died while competing in the swimming leg of a triathlon have spoken of their devastation.

Words cannot express how we feel and what Paul meant not only to us but to all of his family and friends.

Paul was a brilliant son and brother to Nick. He would do anything to help anyone and would always put them first. He had such a caring nature and will be sadly missed by all the family, extended family and friends.

– Malcolm and Linda Gallihawk , parents and Nick Gallihawk, brother

His girlfriend, Hayley Wright, added: "Paul and I had been together for five years and he was the most amazing and thoughtful partner. He was incredible in every way and he always put others before himself. I loved him to bits and always will."

The 34-year-old disappeared during a 750m swim at the start of the Ocean Lake Triathlon at Leybourne Lakes in Kent on Saturday morning.

The hunt for Mr Gallihawk, from Maidstone, resumed this morning and his body was later found in the lake by search teams.

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