AN OUT-of-control car skidded across a busy Burnham road and smashed into three shops, causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage.
The Rouf Fish and Chip bar, The Cutting Parlour and Curry Cottage all fell victim to the crash at 12.33am on Saturday morning when a Renault Clio careered off Station Road, leaving black tyre marks and diesel along the pavement.
And although nobody was hurt, all three shops were closed on Saturday after glass was smashed, door frames were shattered and the door of the chip shop was taken off its hinges.
Aktar Zaman, owner of the takeaway, said: "I was not in the shop when the accident happened but the police got there pretty quickly and called me at my home in London.
"It was quite bad. They smashed into my front door and I have had to put a temporary wooden one on.
"I think the male driver was going at about 60 miles per hour and the Renault was smashed up pretty badly. I heard that the guy had only just passed his driving test."
Although protected by insurance, Mr Zaman had to keep the fish and chip shop closed to the public on Saturday.
The 27-year-old said: "Saturdays are usually busy and it was a nice day so it wasn't great that we had to remain closed.
"Someone came down on Monday to have a look at fixing the door and its frame and we have some tiles inside that need fixing. It's caused hundreds of pounds of damage."
Police are now looking for witnesses to the crash on Saturday and are investigating the events of that night.
Two doors down at Curry Cottage, staff member Md-Abu Taher said: "I was in the restaurant when the car crashed on Saturday. There was a big crash and about 15 minutes later the police were here talking to the guy in the car.
"The car hit us last and smashed some of the glass, which shattered everywhere and knocked over some wine glasses inside. We had to remain closed on Saturday which meant that we lost business but we reopened on Sunday and I think that it is going to get fixed today."
A parked red Audi was also damaged after the blue Renault Clio careered across the road. Both the driver and passenger of the Clio suffered minor injuries.
Police inquiries are continuing and any witnesses or anyone with information about events leading to the crash should contact PC Matt Hillier at South Woodham Ferrers police station on 101.