AN engineer has been left frustrated because a driver who crashed into a wall outside his home is still at large.

Ian Cole was just about to close the blinds in his living room when the purple Ford Ka car smashed through the front wall of his home in Little Lever.

The driver, a man, and two other men got out of the car and ran from the scene, in Church Street, at about 11.50pm on July 15.

Mr Cole, aged 50, said: “A lot of people out there believe the people who did this are repeat offenders and they might kill someone.

"If it wasn’t for the front wall the car could have been through my front door.

“The woman next door had just walked through the front door when it happened.

“She saw the people messing around earlier then they came whizzing up the road and next thing this happens. The wall at the front stopped more of an impact.

Mr Cole, an engineer at United Utilities, said he would have to pay for the damage to be repaired to avoid the cost of his house insurance increasing.

The car was not registered or insured.

Mr Cole believes the incident mirrors a crash in Mytham Road, Little Lever, where a Volkswagen Golf hit a house at about 3.30am on June 21.

Nobody was hurt but the driver and people inside the car ran away.

The car caused extensive damage to the garden wall and hit the porch of the house, as well as clipping two parked cars.

A police spokesman said the vehicle had been seized by officers and inquiries are ongoing to establish who was driving the vehicle and where it had been kept prior to the crash.

He said the investigation has not been closed and is ongoing.