The multi-storey glass CGNU building at Undershaft, opposite the Lloyd's building in the City of London, is used to being a target. It was severely damaged by an IRA bomb, and its front is now reinforced glass.

Which is probably just as well, because at around 5am on Monday morning (July 16) a man drove his car into the front of the building, splintering the glass. He then circled round and pranged the front of the building again for good measure, causing more damage to the glass-fronted building.

As a result, John Witham, aged 55, of Wickham in Essex, has been charged with criminal damage, estimated at between £70,000 and £100,000.

He will appear at City of London Magistrates' Court on July 20.