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Graze restaurant crash: Former News Letter editor drives sports car into Belfast eatery

Published 22/09/2015

Sam Butler pictured with his 86K Jaguar F type sports car
Sam Butler pictured with his 86K Jaguar F type sports car

Former News Letter editor Sam Butler crashed his sports car into Graze restaurant in east Belfast on Tuesday.

At least two cars were involved in an initial collision.

Pictured is a £60,000 sports car collided into a restaurant window on the Upper Newtownards road in Belfast. Police attend the scene. Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Pictured is a £60,000 sports car collided into a restaurant window on the Upper Newtownards road in Belfast. Police attend the scene. Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Pictured is a £60,000 sports car collided into a restaurant window on the Upper Newtownards road in Belfast. Police attend the scene. Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Pictured is a £60,000 sports car collided into a restaurant window on the Upper Newtownards road in Belfast. Police attend the scene. Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Pictured is a £60,000 sports car collided into a restaurant window on the Upper Newtownards road in Belfast. Police attend the scene. Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Pictured is a £60,000 sports car collided into a restaurant window on the Upper Newtownards road in Belfast. Police attend the scene. Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Pictured is a £60,000 sports car collided into a restaurant window on the Upper Newtownards road in Belfast. Police attend the scene. Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Pictured is a £60,000 sports car collided into a restaurant window on the Upper Newtownards road in Belfast. Police attend the scene. Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Pictured is a £60,000 sports car collided into a restaurant window on the Upper Newtownards road in Belfast. Police attend the scene. Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Mr Butler's Jaguar F-Type convertible then spun around and crashed into the front of the restaurant  in Ballyhackamore just after 10am. Mr Butler said he was shaken but unhurt.

There were long delays as traffic was brought to a standstill on Belfast's Upper Newtownards road.

Police confirmed no-one was injured during the incident.

Restaurant co-owner Neil Johnston told the BBC: "We're just glad that no-one was injured - at the end of the day it's just a building and we can have it fixed.

"It's not every day that a £80,000 sports car drives through your front window, so now we're doing a drive-through at Graze."

Graze later took to Twitter posting photographs showing the damage inside the building.

They posted a photo of the interior showing the impact of the crash.

Along with a photo of the outside it added the caption: "Smashing times at Graze Belfast".

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