PENSIONER SPENDS £12K ON BARRIER TO PROTECT HIS HOME AFTER 13 CRASHES

PENSIONER SPENDS £12K ON BARRIER TO PROTECT HIS HOME AFTER 13 CRASHES

A fed-up OAP who spent £12,500 putting up a barrier to stop cars crashing into his bungalow had to borrow money from friends to pay for the project.

Owen Allan, 77, and his wife Mary, 78, narrowly escaped death when a Renault Clio crashed into their driveway in 2013.

The pair were sitting in bed and the car narrowly missed the bedroom at the side of their bungalow and almost hit a fuel tank which powers their central heating.

After that Mr Allan, a retired lab technician, borrowed around £4,500 from friends to fund the project which he is still paying back.

In mid-2013 four concrete bollards to protect his house but these were destroyed when a car crashed into his house in May 2014.

He then had five bollards installed, then a 18 inch thick and 1 metre high concrete block walls, which has four concrete bollards behind it followed by a double iron gate.

He said: “Most of the crashes happen late at night when people drink too much and crash into my house on their way back home from the pub.

“Most of the crashes aren’t that serious but they’ve damaged the front gate of my house.

“They were driving off and I’d wake up in the morning with a £200 bill to fix the gate.

“In end the I just got fed up and decided to take drastic actions.”

The barrier was installed over a week six months ago and since then Mr Allan said it no one has crashed into it.

He said: “We’ve lived her for 35 years. It was fine until about 15 years ago when people motorists started driving faster.

“They come round the bend too fast, loose control and my house is on the corner so they end up going straight into my garden.”

The crashes happened intermittently throughout 2012 to 2014 including two in two weeks in the winter of 2012.

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