1. ITV Report

Christmas heartache for family whose house is wrecked by B&Q lorry

A B&Q lorry has crashed into the side of a house on Canons Gate in Harlow, leaving a family without their home for Christmas.

It happened at about 3.20 this morning, 17 December.

"We were called at around 3.30am today, Tuesday 17 December, with reports an artic lorry had collided with a building in Canons Gate, Harlow. There were no reported injuries, however, there was extensive damage to the property and a structural engineer was called. The driver assisted us with our enquiries and there were no reported offences."

– Essex Police

David Hill , 31, and wife Hannah Hill, 28, were both asleep at the time. Luckily, they were not in the lounge or the upstairs bedroom, which is where the lorry smashed into. It's understood that the couple are grateful David’s two daughters weren’t visiting, as they would normally stay in the bedroom that was hit.

David and Hannah were supposed to be spending Christmas morning and Boxing day at home, but now this won’t be able to happen.

The lorry currently remains stuck in their property and Harlow Council says B&Q are sending out a recovery vehicle later today to remove the lorry.

"Following the impact the structure has been deemed dangerous by our building control team and is under further investigation. Once the lorry is removed later today a full assessment of the damage can take place. We know this is a difficult time for the owners after what happened this morning. We have spoken to them and we will remain in close contact. Officers will stay on site as a precaution until more is known about the damage and the action which can be taken to make the property safe."

– Harlow Council

B&Q have sent their apologies to the family.

B&Q and Wincanton, our fleet operators, are cooperating fully with the police to understand what happened. Our heartfelt apologies go to the Hill family and we will support them however we can.

– B&Q spokesperson