A PROPERTY owner has spoken of his shock after thousands of pounds of damage was caused to his family home in a hit-and-run incident.

The wall outside the house on Leece Lane in Roose was destroyed when it was hit by a Hyundai car on Wednesday evening.

The homeowner fears the damage could cost thousands to repair.

Cumbria Police are hunting for the fail to stop driver and have asked people to look out for a vehicle with significant front end damage.

The homeowner said it was miracle someone was not walking past and seriously hurt in te incident.

At approximately 10.15pm on Wednesday the car drove into the wall outside a house next to The Old Smithy chippy.

The property owner, who did not want to be named, said: “My mum was right next door when the crash happened and said she heard a loud noise at 10.15pm.

“I was shocked when I first heard what had happened.

“If people were walking past at the time they could have been killed, you can tell by just looking at the damage.

“I am not sure how much the cost would be to fix this, because I will have to speak to the insurance company about this.

“I imagine it is a couple of grands worth of damage at least.

“I wanted to alert people to the incident to help the police, which is why I put out a call for information on Facebook.

“The police told me that they are now tracking the person who did it.”

The driver fled the scene after the crash happened.

Councillor Kevin Hamilton, Mayor of Barrow said he was thankful no one was hurt.

He said: “Thank god nobody was near the area when this happened and that no one has been hurt.

“It is shocking, it is more than just dangerous driving this incident as someone has left the scene.

“This points to either drink driving or possibly even a car being stolen.

“People should not be driving like that. They should not be driving if they cannot control the vehicle.

“Something must be wrong if they could not take the responsibility of staying there and owning up to the situation.

“Obviously the wall came to the driver and not the other way around.”

Police have confirmed that they are investigating this as a fail to stop incident.

A spokeswoman for Cumbria Constabulary said: “A Hyundai Tuscon was in collision with a garden wall on Leece Lane and then drove off.

"Officers believe the vehicle will have substantial offside damage to the front wing.

“Anyone with information is encouraged to contact police on 101, quoting incident number 231 of September 23. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”