BOSSES of a city bowling alley have been left counting the cost after a van smashed through the front doors.
The Transit-style van lost control on New Road in Peterborough City Centre at about 6am yesterday, and clipped the side of the Lakeside Bowling Alley before crashing through the glass doors.
The alley was open for business yesterday despite the incident – but centre manager Rebecca Walton said it had caused major disruption at their busiest time of the year.
She said: “The doors have been completely smashed, and the frames have caved in.
“There is also a bit of damage to the bricks.
“It is going to be very expensive for us to repair. We are waiting for someone to come and have a look for us, but we think it could cost thousands of pounds to put right.
“We were able to open, after police had been to investigate, and we had cleared away the glass, but it is an eyesore. We had a few children’s birthday parties, and Christmas is one of our busier times of the year, so we could have done without something like this happening.
“We have given some CCTV footage to police, which clearly shows what happened.
“A white business style van comes crashing through the doors at about 6am, and then drives off.
“It seems like they clipped the kerb just before the incident, and then lost control. “There is writing on the side of the van, but apparently the details on it are out of date, and the police have been unable to find out who owns the van.
“The only lucky thing is that there was no-one about at that time of the morning. If it had happened earlier when the clubs were emptying, then someone could have been hurt.
“I also want to thank the lady that spotted what had happened, and called the police. I didn’t have time to thank her at the scene, but she didn’t have to wait like she did.”
Police scenes of crime officers spent yesterday examining the scene, and will now examine the CCTV footage to try to identify the van and driver, and also try to find out why the driver lost control of the vehicle.
A spokesman said: “At the moment we are treating it as a damage only collision where the driver failed to stop.
“We have been unable to identify the driver as yet, and would appeal to anyone who knows the driver, or has any information, to come forward.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111