PICTURED: Large trampoline blows into Orpington garden while black BMW gets crushed by tree nearby

This Is Local London: The trampoline blew into the garden of Stephen Chambers on Friday night. The trampoline blew into the garden of Stephen Chambers on Friday night.

AFTER Friday night's storm an Orpington man woke to find a large trampoline in his back garden, and nearby a black BMW was crushed by a tree.

Stephen Chambers, of Trentham Drive, said despite the high winds he was "very surprised" a trampoline had blown from a neighbour's garden into his own.

The 59-year-old told News Shopper: "I got up on Saturday morning , opened the blinds and there it was.

"I looked up and couldn't believe what I saw. I was very surprised.

"I called my wife to have a look - she couldn't believe it either.

"I knew it was a neighbour's. I had it recorded on CCTV and saw it had flown up in the air, hit a tree and just dropped into my garden.

"Later I was in the garden surveying the damage and my neighbour called from over the fence: 'can I have my trampoline back please?'

"It got quite hairy that night. It was very bad."

Meanwhile the storm wreaked havoc elsewhere, as a black BMW was crushed by a tree in Farnborough Hill.

This Is Local London:

Gregg Ivings, 50, of Oleander Close, saw the vehicle when he was out walking on Saturday morning.

He said: "I went out for a walk with my wife on Saturday morning and the owner of the car happened to be there.

"I did speak to her and I believe her son hit the tree on Friday night as it was falling."

No one is thought to have been hurt in the incident.

What was your experience of Friday night's storm? Do you have photos? Call the news desk on 01689 885 711 or send an e-mail.

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11:39am Mon 17 Feb 14

cookster says...

"Darling, I don't want to worry you, but we appear to have become chavs overnight"
"Darling, I don't want to worry you, but we appear to have become chavs overnight" cookster
  • Score: 20

11:50am Mon 17 Feb 14

Gypo.Joe says...

"It got quite hairy that night. It was very bad."

I know the feeling well. Nuff said on that subject.

THAnk YoU
"It got quite hairy that night. It was very bad." I know the feeling well. Nuff said on that subject. THAnk YoU Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -37

11:53am Mon 17 Feb 14

bnorther says...

And you write to the NS about a trampoline blown in the wind? Wow!
And you write to the NS about a trampoline blown in the wind? Wow! bnorther
  • Score: 18

12:08pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Eagles_Man says...

+++ BREAKING +++ QUIET NEWS DAY IN ORPINGTON +++ MORE FOLLOWS +++
+++ BREAKING +++ QUIET NEWS DAY IN ORPINGTON +++ MORE FOLLOWS +++ Eagles_Man
  • Score: 16

1:22pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Burntout says...

I thought I'd seen a flying saucer Friday night. A bit dissappointing to find out it was only a trampoline. Nice landing though, no fence damage. Speaking of which half mine blew away. Anyone had a fence land in their garden?
I thought I'd seen a flying saucer Friday night. A bit dissappointing to find out it was only a trampoline. Nice landing though, no fence damage. Speaking of which half mine blew away. Anyone had a fence land in their garden? Burntout
  • Score: 14

1:48pm Mon 17 Feb 14

rojo174 says...

Burntout wrote:
I thought I'd seen a flying saucer Friday night. A bit dissappointing to find out it was only a trampoline. Nice landing though, no fence damage. Speaking of which half mine blew away. Anyone had a fence land in their garden?
What colour was it?
[quote][p][bold]Burntout[/bold] wrote: I thought I'd seen a flying saucer Friday night. A bit dissappointing to find out it was only a trampoline. Nice landing though, no fence damage. Speaking of which half mine blew away. Anyone had a fence land in their garden?[/p][/quote]What colour was it? rojo174
  • Score: 11

2:19pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Dr. Nick says...

Eagles_Man wrote:
+++ BREAKING +++ QUIET NEWS DAY IN ORPINGTON +++ MORE FOLLOWS +++
Indeed, they even have time to edit current and past stories. This one now contains a crushed car whereas earlier it didn't. I also note that the very long HGV in Bexley (it was Bexley? just Bexley?) has now also been edited as well - we can now be reassured that it was a normal length HGV. Let's hope the proof reading is now done before news items are posted - Well Done NS.
[quote][p][bold]Eagles_Man[/bold] wrote: +++ BREAKING +++ QUIET NEWS DAY IN ORPINGTON +++ MORE FOLLOWS +++[/p][/quote]Indeed, they even have time to edit current and past stories. This one now contains a crushed car whereas earlier it didn't. I also note that the very long HGV in Bexley (it was Bexley? just Bexley?) has now also been edited as well - we can now be reassured that it was a normal length HGV. Let's hope the proof reading is now done before news items are posted - Well Done NS. Dr. Nick
  • Score: 8

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