AN out of control van left a trail of destruction after crashing in Combe Martin in the early hours of Sunday morning, writing off three cars, damaging a fourth and demolishing two walls and a trailer in the process. Residents on the main road in Castle S

AN out of control van left a trail of destruction after crashing in Combe Martin in the early hours of Sunday morning, writing off three cars, damaging a fourth and demolishing two walls and a trailer in the process.Residents on the main road in Castle Street awoke just after 4am to a loud noise and dashed outside to discover the white van firmly wedged across the road.According to eyewitnesses the two occupants of the van fled the scene and no injuries have been reported. It is understood the van had been seen driving "erratically" up and down the main village street before the incident occurred.Police are still investigating what caused it and as yet no arrests have been made."The vehicle was registered in the Dagenham area and possibly taken without the consent of the owner, who was believed to be staying locally," a police spokesman told the Gazette on Monday.Simon and Jacqui Stuart awoke to discover both their car and that of their daughter's fiance totally written off. "We heard a rumbling that just continued," said Simon."There was a lot of 'shrapnel' flying about, which broke one of our windows and one next door. It was difficult to work out what was going on at first - my Toyota Yaris was completely written off, it was pushed along on to my trailer, knocked a wall over and then into another car."The first thing you think is there's been a bad accident and people might be trapped. Then you resign yourself to what has happened, but it's an inconvenience and an annoyance that these people had been going up and down the road like that."Their neighbour's car was also destroyed, while that of John and Carol Wright on the other side was left with damage to its bodywork: "It was loud but when I looked out I hadn't expected to see that much damage," said John.The police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information. Contact them on 08457 777444 quoting CI09565.