Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Falling roof tile smashes rear windscreen

A PUB landlady has spoken of her shock after finding her car windscreen smashed by a falling roof

A PUB landlady has spoken of her shock after finding her car windscreen smashed by a falling roof tile.

Pamela Myles, 50, discovered the damage to the rear window of her Peugeot 206 convertible while it was parked in New Street, Henley, on Thursday last week.

The tile, which measured about 30cm by 20cm, was found lying by the car after falling from the roof above the former Simon Drew art shop.

Ms Myles, who runs the Old Bell pub in Bell Street with her partner Rob Hooton, was contacted via Facebook by Darren Morris, of D&G Travel in New Street, who knew the car belonged to her.

She said: “I couldn’t believe it when I saw it. It was a total mess.

“The tile was quite big and clearly quite heavy from the damage it did to my window. It would have been diabolical if it had hit someone.

“I wasn’t sure what to do — it’s not like it was a criminal act.

“ I phoned the non-emergency number for the police and registered the incident.

“A local officer came down and was concerned about the other tiles from the roof. A sign was put up to notify pedestrians.” Ms Myles, who is also director of training at the Charlie Waller Institute of Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment at the University of Reading, was on her way there when she was alerted.

“It was a bit annoying because I was rushing to get to work,” she said. “I was inconvenienced but it could have been a lot worse.”

Workmen who are converting the shop into a dry cleaners helped Ms Myles clean up the glass.

She then had the window replaced at Courtneys garage in Deanfield Road. Ms Myles said: “I have spoken to the owner of the property who said he will pay for the damage. He was very pleasant about it.

“He is going to get a roofer to check the tiles to make sure the roof is safe and none of the other tiles will come off.”

Chartered surveyors and property services company Thompson Wilson, of Princes Risborough, is responsible for the roof of the building, which is Grade II listed.

Keith Thompson, a director, confirmed the roof would be checked and that the company would pay for the damage to Ms Myles’s car.

Andy Andreou, who is planning to open the dry cleaners in the next couple of weeks, said: “I was just round the corner when it happened. We don’t want tiles to fall on anyone — someone could have been killed.”

Ms Myles added: “It’s one of those things that can happen with older buildings.

“I think it’s more of a concern for the people who live in New Street but I probably won’t park there again.”

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