A family who live near Combe Martin were given a late-night shock after a car smashed into the side of their house.

The scene at the house at Berry Down Cross. Picture: Kathryn MunnsThe scene at the house at Berry Down Cross. Picture: Kathryn Munns

Kathryn Munns was with her mum and step-dad at their home in Berry Down Cross when the incident happened at 11.30pm on Sunday night.

After an 'almighty crash' they were shocked to find a car had driven into the side of the house, careering into the back wall of a bedroom and bathroom.

It's the second time a car has ploughed into family property in the space of nine months. A car crashed into three parked cars at the house in December.

Kathryn said: "We heard this almighty crash - I've never heard anything like it.

The scene at the house at Berry Down Cross. Picture: Kathryn MunnsThe scene at the house at Berry Down Cross. Picture: Kathryn Munns

"Last time it was our cars and this time into our house. I don't know which one is better or worse.

"The whole wall was gone, and the house is completely open. If someone had been in the bathroom, well it doesn't bear thinking about.

"The driver is lucky he hasn't died. How he came out of it I don't know.

"We are all a bit numb and we just can't believe this has happened again."

The scene at the house at Berry Down Cross. Picture: Kathryn MunnsThe scene at the house at Berry Down Cross. Picture: Kathryn Munns

Police have charged a 36-year-old man from Harrogate with drink-driving. He is due to appear at Barnstaple Magistrates' Court on Friday, August 30.

A statement added: "Police were called at 11.30pm on Sunday 11 August to Combe Martin following reports that a car had been in collision with a house.

"Emergency services attended the scene where the fire service stabilised the property."

In the meantime, the family are once again calling on Devon County Council to help make the road safer.

Kathryn, who has started an online petition, said she feared it would take someone being killed for action to be taken.

"We've been constantly talking to the council saying this road is a problem," she said.

"It's going to take one of us to actually be killed - it's getting ridiculous.

"You hear cars going past the house so fast and it makes us tense up. The warning signs are faded and they don't work and the house is in such a vulnerable position. We need something to be done about the road.

"People have been saying it's not the council's fault, it's the drivers, but it is their responsibility for making the road safe."

A spokesman for Devon County Council said: "The whole of the A3123 is currently subject to review and as part of that we have had talks with the homeowner about general improvements to the Berry Down junction. We will look to continue these discussions as designs are progressed.