A kitchen supply shop in a Cambridgeshire village has been forced to close after a police car crashed into its storefront during a ‘high speed pursuit’.
Ramsey Kitchens on High Street, Ramsey, say they will be closed “for a while” in the wake of the collision shortly after 12am on Tuesday, August 2.
Ashley Underwood, a Ramsey resident who witnessed the incident, said that police were in “high speed pursuit” of another vehicle along Great Whyte in the town centre before they crashed. They appeared to be unable to turn their car at the road’s T-Junction with the High Street, he added, and subsequently hit the shop head-on.
The officers in the car were taken to Hinchingbrooke Hospital to be treated for minor injuries, Cambridgeshire Constabulary say. After the crash, several more police cars, a tow truck and a tradesman who boarded up the shop’s windows attended the scene.
But while the car and surrounding debris was removed, Ramsey Kitchen’s director Aaron Josey says he wasn’t made aware of the incident until he was contacted by neighbours. He said: “This unfortunate incident is going to have a huge effect on our small business with the school holidays and lead up to Christmas being our busiest times of the year.
“It would have been nice if the police had notified us of the accident at the time, rather than relying on our neighbours to tell us. I’ve had to come back from holiday to deal with it.”
Cambridgeshire Constabulary say that they have attempted to contact Ramsey Kitchens. A spokesperson said: “As with any road traffic collisions there will be disruption and we apologise for that.
“Attempts have been made by local officers to contact the shop owner both in person and over the phone to discuss any concerns following the incident, and we will continue to do so.”