Man arrested in connection with crash through front of TY-8 restaurant in Cliftonville

Emergency services attended the scene Photo Roy Foord

A man has been arrested and since released on bail following a crash where one vehicle went through the front of TY-8 restaurant in Cliftonville in the early hours of Sunday (June 9).

The crash took out the front of the Northdown Road restaurant at 00.13am. It is understood a vehicle hit a taxi which then went into the property.

The restaurant is now closed until further notice.

A Kent Police spokesperson said: “Kent Police was called to a report of a collision involving two vehicles at 00.13am on Sunday 9 June.

“Officers attended the scene in Northdown Road, where damage to a building had also been reported and a cordon was set up as a precaution following concerns about a possible gas leak.

“A 38-year-old man was arrested in connection with the collision. He has since been released on bail pending further enquiries.

“Following work to make the gas safe, and building assessments by a structural engineer, the two vehicles were recovered and the scene was clear at around 4.30am.”

Photo Roy Foord

South East Coast Ambulance service also attended the incident. A spokesperson said: “SECAmb were called shortly after midnight on Sunday, 9 June to reports of a collision involving two vehicles in Margate.

“Crews arrived and assessed and treated two people at the scene before taking them to the QEQM Hospital for further medical treatment.”

Restaurant boss Ceci said she is still in shock but also feels ‘lucky’ as if the crash had happened 10 minutes earlier her husband may well have been hit while he was clearing the rubbish.

She said: “It was shocking. We live above, it is a family run business. At the time my husband was still in the kitchen tidying up but 10 minutes earlier he had been putting the rubbish in the front so he would have been hit.”

The family now have to contact the insurance company and get builders in.