A South Yorkshire farmer has been driven out of his home after living in constant fear of a car smashing into it.
Ted Grayson has decided to leave his 18th century cottage near Rotherham after it was hit over 40 times in 16 years.
He is too scared even to use his own kitchen due to the memories of a car crashing through his chimney breast in the early hours.
Ted, aged 58, of Stubbin Road, Nether Haugh, will appear on a TV programme called Britain’s Horror Homes tonight to share his nightmare story.
“If I’m in my garden and something bangs, I jump,” he said.
“It’s that bad I’m moving. I will be glad to leave because I’m fed up. I’m fed up of waking up to having cars in my garden.
“I don’t use my kitchen as a kitchen - you are just in and out and you don’t sit in there, because it’s too scary. If someone comes through the wall, you’ve had it.”
Ted moved into the family home 16 years ago. His father and brother had both lived in it before him, but the speeding traffic problem has worsened in recent years.
He said: “My brother had a motorcyclist join him for breakfast once - he was sat in the kitchen and the biker came through the window.”
Ted, an arable and beef farmer, said the worst accident he has witnessed was in January 2006 when he was woken by the sound of a car ploughing into his kitchen.
“The car came round the bend too fast. It hit my wall, demolished the chimney breast and everything in my kitchen.
I was in bed at the time and to start with I thought the house was on fire.
“When I came downstairs there was a hole in my wall and I could see outside. They had to get everybody out and the building had to be propped up because it was unsafe.
“And one last year nearly had me - I was going for some wood at the bottom of the garden and he hit the shed. Some wood flew out and it just missed my leg. The wood shot across the garden.”
Ted, along with his fellow villagers, have been campaigning for more road safety measures to be introduced for a number of years.
He said: “It needs something to physically slow them down. I have suggested staggering the junction as they would have to stop or slow down as they come down.”
n Britain’s Horror Homes is on Channel Five tonight at 8pm.