A MAN from Barnstaple has spoken of his frustration after his car was severely damaged by a hit and run driver this afternoon.
Nick Lloyd, 37, had parked his black Ford Focus Ghia on Chaloners Road in Braunton.
He was working in J's Skate Shop when he got a call telling him someone had ploughed into his car.
Nick, who has been shop manager for eight years, said is angry and frustrated nobody stopped after the collision. He said: "I was parked on the right hand side of the road, near the bowling club.
"There were three other cars parked there when I left. I got a call at about noon to say my car had been smashed up.
"The police were already there, I don't know who called them. My car and another car were damaged. I think someone had hit the other car then swerved into mine. The other vehicle must be trashed.
"I had to shut the shop for two hours while I tried to sort everything out. After the flooding I could do without.
"It has been a shocker of a day. You just don't expect this sort of thing to happen in Braunton. It is such a shame."
Nick's car has been taken to a garage, he believes it will be written off as a result of the damage.
Nick's partner of 14 years Krista Laird said she is frustrated the culprit did not come forward. Krista, 35, said: "The first I heard about this was when I saw someone had uploaded a picture to Facebook.
"I was shocked because I thought Nick had been involved in an accident. The car was in a right state, I was so worried because I had not heard from him.
"I knew he had left to go surfing this morning then on to work. I saw the photograph and called Nick straight away. He was very apologetic for not calling me and letting me know he was ok.
"We have two children and can really be doing without this just after Christmas, it has been a bit of a rollercoaster. It has been a bit of a nightmare and it will be hard on everyone, especially after all the flooding in Braunton recently."
"A bit of human decency and common courtesy would have been nice. This is just another problem Nick has to sort out, it's time and money and it's frustrating."
If anyone has any information phone the police on 101 quoting log number 229.