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Sydenham garden police smash 'trapped gran in Second World War'
A GRAN whose garden was decimated when a police car smashed into it is now trapped in a Second World War timewarp.
Eileen Lee's daughter says the 76-year-old has taken to crouching on the ground with her hands over her head when she hears a noise, repeatedly shouting: "Run for cover, the bombs are dropping."
Daughter Maxine said the pensioner was up watching television and had let her pomeranian dog Coco, out in the back garden when the accident happened early on August 22.
A police car had been about to pursue a motorbike up Kirkdale in Sydenham but ended up overturning and slamming into the retired fashion worker's garden fence.
Her daughter, who claims police have been uncooperative since the accident, said: "Mum thought it was bombs and she's gone into complete shock.
"It wrecked the garden completely. When she saw it was a police car she thought her dog was underneath it."
When Maxine Lee, 49, arrived she walked into chaotic scenes, quickly discovering her mum was not her usual self.
She said: "With all the fire engines, ambulances, and road closures it was like something out of a movie.
"It was the worst experience of both our lives.
"But when more police arrived they didn't even offer mum a cup of tea."
Now Ms Lee says the grandmother-of-two, who survived a Second World War bomb which destroyed her family's Bromley home, has developed psychiatric problems, even cowering when there's a knock on the door.
She said: "It's taken my mum right back to the war days.
"When she's in hospital she thinks she's in air raid shelters. She doesn't know where she is or who people are.
"It must have been the impact - the noise, the banging, the smashing of glass - which has caused this."
Ms Lee is now looking for legal help, claiming police treated her mum in an offhand way, not apologising for the accident and leaving the garden unsecured for three days.
If you can help Maxine Lee, call her on 020 8641 1146.
A Met Police spokesman said: "We have launched a full investigation into the collision between a police vehicle and a residential fence on August 22.
"A senior officer has met with Eileen Lee and her family to discuss the matter."
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