Overnight gale blows tree down on top of family Northampton home

The tree fell onto the nearby houses at 5.20am today.
The tree fell onto the nearby houses at 5.20am today.

A family in Northampton woke up this morning to a tree crashing through their upstairs bathroom.

Overnight winds of up to 40mph toppled the tree onto the family home in Leyside Court, Overstone, at around 5.20am today (January 18).

"We thought it was a car crash at first."

"We thought it was a car crash at first."

Residents say they have phoned the borough council in the past about treacherously leaning trees in the area.

Helen Takoh, a homeowner whose house was also hit, said: "If not for the grace of God it could have gone through the house where the children are inside.

"We've said to the council before to come and look at the trees. Why do we have to wait for something to happen before anything is done?

"It's what you call a near miss."

The Fire Service has taped off the area.

The Fire Service has taped off the area.

The fire brigade was called and specialists have been called by the borough council to secure the tree.

Another resident said: "We're all very shaken. I thought it was a car crash outside at first. Then I looked out the back window and saw the tree against my house.

"It's come right through our bathroom. I've sent the kids to my mum's house to get washed and showered today."