Cafe reopens despite loss of 'tens of thousands of pounds' after car drove through shopfront

An 'angry' business owner has reopened her shop after a car drove through the front window of her cafe in Sheffield.

Wednesday, 23rd November 2016, 07:55 am
Updated Tuesday, 29th November 2016, 09:26 am
A driver was arrested for dangerous driving after ploughing into a cafe on Hunters Bar roundabout

The white Hyundai crashed through railings, across the pavement and through the window of Cafe Ceres on Junction Road, Hunters Bar, in the early hours of Sunday.

Cafe Ceres Owner Caroline Strappazzon said the ordeal had made her feel a general anger towards anyone driving dangerously.

She said: "If anything goes wrong, it touches so many lives. And that makes me feel angry - it's unnecessary."

Mrs Strappazzon estimated that the cost of the damage would be 'tens of thousands of pounds' as a result of needing a new shopfront as well as having to close for three days.

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But Mrs Strappazzon added that she and her husband are thankful for the 'awful lot of support' from friends as well as the general public.

"We are trying to focus on feeling positive," she said.

An engineer has declared the site safe to open and business is running as normal this morning.

South Yorkshire Police said: "At around 12.30am on Sunday 20 November a white Hyundai collided with Ceres Cafe on Junction Road, Sheffield after being pursued by police for failing to stop.

"No one was injured in the collision and the driver was arrested for dangerous driving. He has since been reported on summons to court for failing to stop, disqualified driving, dangerous driving and driving with no insurance."