Car ploughs into 300-year-old Corfe Castle hotel

Bankes Arms Image copyright David Churchill
Image caption The car ploughed through scaffolding into the front wall of the village hotel

A car careered off the road and ploughed into a 300-year-old hotel.

Police said the driver lost control of the vehicle, hitting the Bankes Arms in Corfe Castle, Dorset, just after 08:45 GMT. He was not injured.

The car crashed through several levels of scaffolding surrounding the hotel, which is being refurbished, before becoming embedded in a wall near the main entrance.

Owners, the National Trust, said the building was being assessed.

A spokesman said the scaffolding had been damaged and structural engineers were examining the building as there were indications it had also suffered damage.

The village hotel is currently closed for refurbishment.

The A351 was closed in both directions but has since reopened.

The building is one of several in the village which was donated to the trust by the landowning Bankes family 30 years ago.

In May 2013 the hotel also had to be assessed by structural engineers after a vintage steam roller crashed into it.

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