Car crashes into 600-year-old pub

By Rebecca Weller

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Shocking incident: Car crashes into Langport Arms (Credit:Getty/gorodenkoff)
Shocking incident: Car crashes into Langport Arms (Credit:Getty/gorodenkoff)

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A Somerset pub and hotel has shared its gratitude for employees who “acted promptly” after a car crashed into the 600-year-old venue in a “shocking” incident.

Emergency services were called to the Langport Arms in Cheapside, Taunton, at 8.22pm on Saturday 1 June after a vehicle struck the property and brought down a stone support at the pub’s front porch entrance.

Police, paramedics and firefighters attended the incident and the driver was given medical attention at the site though there were no reports of serious injury.

According to the Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Services website, police closed the road and crews worked at the scene with acro props to support the porch roof.

Structurally damaged 

Meanwhile an internal inspection of the property later revealed there were no “deformities” to the external wall and the building was reportedly “made safe” at 10.16pm.

Shortly after the collision the pub, which dates back to 1420, shared a post to Facebook sharing its gratitude for staff who “acted promptly”.

The post said: “At around 8pm there was an incident involving a collision into our pillared porch and balcony in front of the hotel main entrance.

“A car was involved and thankfully no one has been seriously injured!

“However, the front entrance to our hotel is blocked and the balcony has been structurally damaged.

Support and understanding 

“Emergency services were called immediately and first aid was offered onsite immediately.

“We are thankful and very much grateful to our employees who acted so promptly during this shocking and trying time.

“We hope you understand that we will be unable to provide updates upon the incident as we continue to cooperate with the relevant authorities.”

However, the pub added it wanted to “make it clear” that the hotel and bar were still open as usual though the side door would be used as the main entrance for the time being.

The post continued: “Due to the current situation, we are unable to offer direct disabled access, however we will endeavour to support as much as we can. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.”

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