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‘Not the ideal start’ after ram raiders crash into woman’s new home in Leeds

Damage to Danielle Pemberton's home and, below, the Co-op after the ram raid

Damage to Danielle Pemberton's home and, below, the Co-op after the ram raid

A homeowner has told of her shock after ram raiders smashed a stolen car into her house – just four days after she bought it.

Danielle Pemberton, 28, was in bed at her new home on Red Hall Lane, Whinmoor, when she heard a loud crash in the early hours of Saturday.

Police told her and her mother, who was staying with her, to leave the terraced house for their own safety as the front wall was threatening to cave in.

The stolen car had already left a trail of destruction after it was involved in two ram raids – and had left a policewoman injured after it smashed into the car she was in.

Miss Pemberton said yesterday: “I think I’m still in shock. It doesn’t feel real.

“It’s one of those things you see on a film, but you don’t imagine it happening to you.

“People keep saying to me ‘at least you weren’t hurt’ but I can’t believe this has happened to my new house.”

Police were called to investigate burglaries at the Co-op on Langbar Road in Swarcliffe and Skelton Wood post office on Whitelaithe Approach at about 1.30am on Saturday.

The crooks, driving a Ford Galaxy, attempted to ram a police car outside the post officer before speeding up Coal Road and into Red Hall Lane.

Detective Inspector Phillip Jackson, from Leeds District CID, said: “A second police vehicle, which was stationary on Red Hall Lane, was then deliberately rammed by the suspect vehicle disabling the vehicle and leaving the female police driver injured.”

The burglars then sped off along Red Hall Lane but then collided with the police vehicle which was pursuing it.

Det Insp Jackson added: “This contact caused the Ford Galaxy to leave the road and collide with the front wall of a house, with the vehicle coming to rest in the garden.

“The 38-year-old female police officer was taken to hospital with bruising and whiplash but later returned to complete her shift.

An 18-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of three counts of burglary. Two other men fled on foot.

They then deliberately rammed a stationary police car on Red Hall Lane, leaving the 38-year-old policewoman with whiplash and bruising.

As they tried to drive off they collided with the police car that was pursuing them and crashed into Miss Pemberton’s house.

An 18-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of burglary. Two others fled.

Miss Pemberton was allowed to return to her home after it was assessed by structural engineers. She said: “It’s not the ideal start to living in my new house, but all the neighbours have been really supportive.”

 
 
 

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