Car smashes into Sheffield shop in snowy weather

Crookes Hardware was damaged by a car on Saturday morning
Crookes Hardware was damaged by a car on Saturday morning
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A Sheffield shop has suffered thousands of pounds worth of damage after a car crashed into it during the weekend’s snowy weather.

Crookes Hardware in Crookes was hit by the vehicle at 3am in Saturday morning, with the incident reported to police by the driver.

Crookes Hardware where the front was wrecked by a car skidding on ice. Partners Robert Gregory and Richard Kerton.

Crookes Hardware where the front was wrecked by a car skidding on ice. Partners Robert Gregory and Richard Kerton.

Shop owner Richard Kerton said he expects the repairs to cost more than £3,000 after the window and stonework and woodwork were damaged.

He said: “I went ot work on Saturday morning as normal and wondered what had happened to the shop.

“The window was caved in about eight to 10 inches and the stonework and woodwork was smashed up.”

He said he contacted the police, who told him the driver had reported the incident to them.

Crookes Hardware where the front was wrecked by a car skidding on icei

Crookes Hardware where the front was wrecked by a car skidding on icei

“The driver was driving on Crookes High Street at 3am in the morning, the snow had just started and the roads were not gritted.

“He swerved and hit the front of the shop.

“I have had to have it boarded up but we are still trading as we can’t afford not to.

“To have it boarded up cost £1,000, the glass is £2,000 and then there is the stonework and woodwork underneath.

“It is going to be several thousand, so I’m hoping it will be covered by insurance.”

Weather warnings were issued by the Met Office for last weekend, as a combination of rain, sleet, snow and freezing temperatures resulted in ice forming on untreated roads and pavements.

The cold weather resulted in the temporary closure of Snake Pass through the Peak District on Saturday night, following reports of cars getting stranded on Friday night as snow fell.

A lorry overturned in the early hours of Saturday morning on the M18 link road to the M1 southbound, resulting in the road being closed for several hours.

Emergency repairs then had to take place on the motorway barrier.

On Friday night and Saturday morning, council gritting teams worked through the night along priority roads around the city.

Temperatures are forecast to become milder as this week progresses and could reach a maximum temperature of 11C in Sheffield by Friday. But the Met Office says people should expect windy weather, as well as scattered showers.