Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 27°C

min temp: 17°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Video: Mayor Terry Buckle accidentally drives car into Tesco Express in Moreton Hall, Bury St Edmunds

11:28 22 May 2013

The scene of the accident at the Tesco Express store in Bury St Edmunds

The scene of the accident at the Tesco Express store in Bury St Edmunds

Archant

The new mayor of St Edmundsbury had a lucky escape after he drove his car through the doors of a Tesco Express store.

Terry Buckle, 73, who was only made St Edmundsbury mayor last week, is said to be recovering following the drama, which happened just after 4.30pm yesterday at Tesco Express in Lawson Place, Bury St Edmunds.

It is believed the car had lurched forward from a parking bay directly in front of the shop, with Mr Buckle at the wheel.

Miraculously, the Vauxhall Vectra went straight through the front door of the store – rather than hitting the wall – causing little damage to either shop or vehicle. No shoppers were hurt.

The wing mirrors on the car were damaged, while there was minor damage to the doors and security scanning equipment in the shop.

Mr Buckle’s wife Pam, who was not with him at the time of the accident, said he had been released from West Suffolk Hospital at about 9pm last night.

She said: “I had a phone call from the police, who were the first ones at the accident. I went there and went with him in the ambulance.

“He’s home now. He’s fine and he had an x-ray on his neck and he’s just a bit sore. He’s gone to bed with some tablets.”

Mr Buckle became the 39th Mayor of St Edmundsbury during a ceremony last week.

Fellow Moreton Hall borough council ward member Frank Warby said he had spoken to Mr Buckle’s daughter a short while after the accident and had been told that thankfully he was not hurt and had only gone to hospital “as a precaution”.

He said: “Lucky enough he went through the doors and not the wall and only damaged the windows.”

A bystander said it was the second time a car had ended up inside the store.

He said: “Someone has done it before, but that time it was in the middle of the night so there wasn’t any risk to anyone.”

Crowds of people from across Moreton Hall turned out to watch police and recovery services inch the silver Vauxhall out.

Staff inside the shop also took pictures of the car that miraculously only damaged the doors and security scanner.

A senior member of shop staff declined to comment.

Within 10 minutes of the car being removed the shop reopened.

A police spokeswoman said a silver Vauxhall Vectra had driven into the store. She said: “There are no reports of any serious injuries.

“It appears he has driven into the door, there doesn’t seem to be any reports of serious damage.”

5 comments

  • Looks more like a car backing out of Tescos rather than a car driving into Tescos.

    Report this comment

    Star Watch

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013

  • A cement post at the end of that parking bay would have stopped him. Looks like a ram raiders bliss.

    Report this comment

    The original Victor Meldrew

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013

  • Because statistics show that everyone will lurch unexpectedly through the doors of tesco at some point

    Report this comment

    justcallmebucko

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

  • Surely this has to be the first Tesco Drive Thru!

    Report this comment

    David White

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

  • Honestly, people are so lazy nowadays, bad enough seeing people park in disabled bays because of not wanting to walk a few feet. Unless it's a ploy for the mayor to get Tesco's to introduce a drive through.

    Report this comment

    ran 528

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Essex Police are attempting to find the owners of photos on storage cards seized by officers at Stansted Airport.

As part of an investigation into theft at Stansted Airport, Essex Police are attempting to trace the owners of images found on digital storage cards.

Marcus Evans

Brazilian police investigating allegations of Olympic ticket-touting have released emails between a senior Irish official and Ipswich Town Football Club owner Marcus Evans.

Traffic on the A14 is being diverted using the entrance and exit slip roads. Image: Keith Mindham

The A14 at Bury St Edmunds has reopened after a woman who was spotted on the wrong side of the bridge at junction 44 was talked down by officers.

Andrew Bloomfield took this photo of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service fighting the fire in the old Fisons building in Paper Mill Lane, Bramford.

A fire at the old Fisons building in Paper Mill Lane, Bramford, has been extinguished.

Tower Ramparts, Ipswich, as staff poured from William Prettys works in the mid 1890s

The site of one of Ipswich’s major employers until the 1980s - Willaim Pretty’s - is now a car park, writes David Kindred.

The RNLI at Aldeburgh investigate an empty boat that turned up on Wednesday 24th August.

A yacht named after a lucky star had the good fortune of being rescued off the Suffolk coast today having drifted unmanned past Britain’s biggest container port.

Abellio Greater Anglia managing director Jamie Burles.

The average speed of trains between London and Ipswich will be cut to just over an hour in three years’ time – but the Ipswich in 60 ambition will depend on Network Rail carrying out improvement work.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24