A Sheffield cycle shop repeatedly smashed into by speeding motorists has been left counting the cost again – after another crash.
JE James Cycles on Bramall Lane was hit by a car in the middle of the night, damaging its shutters and signs – the latest in a long line of crashes stretching back eight years.
A car lost control on the bend and slammed into the shop. Boss Gavin Holliday says CCTV footage shows two men get out of the car, one clutching a bottle, and simply walk away.
He said: “It’s not the first time. We are on about the 10th or 11th time this has happened.
“It was about 3.30am. A car was driving down Brammall Lane at high speed, and has carried straight on at the corner, hit the traffic island and careered into our shop.
“There is external damage to the signage and around the door as well.
“We have CCTV footage of the crash and the car was going fast enough to leave the ground.
“Two men got out of the car afterwards – one was still clutching a bottle – and they walked away from the incident.”
The store was badly hit in June 2011 when an out-of-control car destroyed a window. In September 2006, a car crashed into the store and came to a stop inside it.
Gavin said in 2011 he wanted traffic calming measures to be introduced, but claims the council does not want to risk slowing down traffic in the city centre.
He added: “The last time we had a major impact was June 2011.
“Subsequent to that, there have been two incidents where cars have hit the traffic island in front of the shop.
“In September 2006 a car actually ended up inside the store.
“The way the road is constructed, it bends round to the left and there’s a traffic island in the middle. It’s a sharp bend on a straight road.
“The council don’t want to put traffic calming or speed cameras in because it’s a major arterial road into the city centre and they don’t want to slow down the traffic.”