One of Cheshire’s oldest and most cherished landmarks has been destroyed after a car smashed into it on Thursday, November 14.
The historic Round Tower which has stood central to the village of Sandiway since the 1800s, has been reduced to just a pile of bricks following the incident which happened about 10.30pm.
The driver of the red Corsa, described as a 50-year-old local woman, was taken to Leighton Hospital with minor injuries.
Police are currently investigating what caused the car to crash into the monument.
Meanwhile, commuters were faced with massive tailbacks this morning after police closed the A556 road between Davenham and Sandiway but the road was reopened at about 9.30am.
Cheshire West and Chester councillor John Grimshaw who represents the Weaver and Cuddington ward said he was ‘very concerned’ at the news.
“The tower is a local landmark that is much cherished by local people - even the local magazine is named after it.
“We are obviously very concerned that this has happened and it is our objective to get it sorted out sooner rather than later,” he said.
The tower has since been demolished and Cheshire West and Chester council have already put teams in place to rebuild it. A tweet on Friday, November 15 read:
Engineers assessed the remains of the tower on the A556 last night and it had to be demolished as it was in a seriously unsafe condition— Cheshire West (@Go_CheshireWest) November 15, 2013