A pub that was smashed into by an Audi driver may not be able to reopen until later in the month, the owners have revealed.

An Audi TT became embedded in the side of 16th century pub The Old Bell in Wooburn at around 11.50pm on Tuesday night - forcing Town Lane to shut amid fears over the safety of the building.

The new owners of the pub said building surveyors have said the site is not yet safe to open, with a rough estimate of August 24.

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The road is still shut, but a reporter at the scene spotted a number of vehicles ignoring the road closed signs and then being forced to turn around and go back. 

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^ The scene on Friday morning

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^ The scene on Wednesday morning

Scaffolding has been erected to support the pub and the Audi has been removed. 

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According to Thames Valley Police, the driver of the Audi - who ran away after crashing the car into the pub, leaving a man in his thirties seriously injured in the passenger seat - has not yet been found.

The new owners of the pub only took over last month, but have thanked the community for their support since the crash, and also praised the quick work of the emergency services on the night.