Owning a house on a bend has its disadvantages, chiefly the ever-present danger that some idiot might drive right into your property instead of going around it.
Stella Lemmon, a 74-year-old from Sussex, knows this all too well. She recently fished a stranger’s car out of her garden pond for the ninth time in twenty years.
In the latest occurrence, Stella was awakened on Sunday evening by a loud crash. When she went to investigate, she discovered a green Vauxhall Corsa had crashed through her fence and was bobbing about, half submerged in her 12-foot deep pond.
“I can’t say I couldn’t believe my eyes, because I’ve seen it all before,” said Lemmon. “But you can never get over the fact that there’s a car sinking into your serene pond.
“The car was upside down and the boys inside were smashing the windows trying to get out.
“When they scrambled up the bank, they were soaking wet and shivering.
“The driver obviously took the bend too fast – he was probably a boy racer or showing off to his friends.”
Neither of the Corsa’s occupants were seriously injured.
Ms Lemmon last had an unwanted visitor in her garden when a Saab driver misjudged the bend, crashed through her garden fence and ended up in a tree above the pond.
“Something needs to be done about that bend, I’m sick of having to fish people out of my pond,” she added.
Sussex Police confirmed they were investigating the incident and that the Corsa’s driver had provided a clean specimen of breath.
“It’s obviously a very lucky escape,” a spokesman said