'It must have been travelling some awful speed' - Joyrider smashes through café window
A restaurant owner has told how she arrived into work to find a joyrider had smashed through her front window.
Nichola Crowley runs Forge Road café in Blackpool, Cork City and she explained that she was unable to open the business fully today after the unwanted arrival overnight.
She told The Neil Prendeville Show on Cork’s RedFM that the business is alarmed and they received a call from their security company to say that it had been activated.
They arrived at the restaurant to find a 02 Volkswagen Boro had smashed through the front window.
"He's very lucky because there's actually two foot of concrete under the glass so that actually saved him from coming all the way through.
"The front of the car just bounced off the window pane here. And the double glaze glass just shattered."
The restaurant owner explained that the driver took out "seven bollards" and the main set of traffic lights before careering into her business.
"It must have been travelling some awful speed to do the damage he did."
Nichola added: "If we had been open, if we had been trading at that hour this morning we would have had punters and customers sitting on the window blocks."
She added that the crash has hurt her business. "We are only open for takeaway. There is a lot of glass in the furniture and the fixtures. I'm just trying to put some order back into it."
The café was previously targeted in a burglary.
Gardaí confirmed that they are investigating this latest incident and no arrests have been made at this stage.