Kings Arms pub in Lawford hit by BMW

The damage caused to the wall of the public house building in Lawford (left). The pub as it was (right). Damage was caused to the wall of the public house building in Lawford (left). The pub as it was (right)

A man crashed his black BMW convertible car into a pub building in Essex.

The driver also hit a telegraph pole before driving into the Kings Arms in Lawford, near Colchester, at about 05:00 BST.

Essex Police said the driver, who was seriously injured, had to be freed from his vehicle before being taken to Ipswich Hospital.

Police later arrested a 26-year-old man at nearby Manningtree on suspicion of drink-driving.

Officers have appealed for any witnesses to the collision to come forward.

The road was closed while emergency services worked at the scene. Electricians and a structural engineer were also called.

A planning application is currently with Tendring District Council to turn the former public house, which stopped trading in 2012, into a home.

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