Driver is charged after car collides with garage

The damaged doors at Gauxholme Services
The damaged doors at Gauxholme Services

A GARAGE has been seriously damaged by a vehicle collision for the second time in a year.

At the end of last January the reception area of Gauxholme Services, Rochdale Road, Shade, Todmorden, was damaged in an accident when a lorry was in collision with it. Last Sunday morning the workshop doors were bent in when a silver Ford Mondeo car collided with them, with the driver in the incident facing charges.

Mr David MacDonald, who runs Gauxholme with his wife Susan, said a customer told him about the damage on Sunday morning. “We are up and running and it is business as usual,” he said. “We managed to get the doors open though they had been pushed right in.”

David added: “The damage on Sunday morning was only a few feet away from the newly built garage reception only completed last month, after being damaged by an accident last January and demolished.”

David says the garage has been on the site for more than 100 years.

He was concerned that police had not contacted him on Sunday morning and a customer had rung to tell him what had happened.

A police spokesperson said the incident was reported to police around 2.30am. “A 41-year-old man has been charged with failing to provide a breath test and for owning a vehicle with no insurance. He will appear before Calderdale Magistrates Court on January 24,” she said.

Calderdale response Insp Dave Whitehouse said: “Officers attended and arrested a man but unfortunately were unable to make contact with the owner of the garage. A message was left asking for the owner to contact police, which he did that afternoon.

“An officer from Halifax police station returned the owner’s call and arranged for the officer on the case to ring, which he did when he came on duty later that night.”