Jail for man who crashed his van into thatched cottage

The scene of the collision in Bedfordshire Credit: ITV News Anglia

A 35 year old man's been jailed after crashing his van into the front of a thatched cottage in Bedfordshire.

Jamie Gilroy was high on cocaine when the crash happened in October last year.

The car ploughed through a hedge before ending up in the wall of this house Credit: ITV News Anglia

Luton Crown Court heard he crashed through a hedge before embedding his Berlingo van into the front of the 16th century listed cottage at Maulden near Ampthill.

Repairs cost more than £20,000. Gilroy has been jailed for 14 months and banned from driving for 5 years.

The judge told him he caused a very serious accident which left the victims with cost and emotional trauma and that "at his age he ought to know better".

"We were in the living room at about a quarter to eleven. I was about to go up to bed, but my husband said to watch the end of the news. There was a dreadful noise - like an earthquake. This van came flying over a hedge and crashed into our hall and kitchen. If I had left the room I don't know what would have happened."

– Val Fossey, lives in the house