Concern about ‘lethal’ town centre paving after woman, 75, has nasty fall

PUBLISHED: 11:48 10 January 2017

Barbara Wall, aged 75, was left with facial injuries after a fall in Weston-super-Mare town centre.

Barbara Wall, aged 75, was left with facial injuries after a fall in Weston-super-Mare town centre.

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A 75-year-old woman from Weston-super-Mare believes stone paving in the town centre is not fit for purpose after rain made it so slippery she fell, split her head open and broke her nose.

Barbara Wall, aged 75, was left with facial injuries after a fall in Weston-super-Mare town centre.Barbara Wall, aged 75, was left with facial injuries after a fall in Weston-super-Mare town centre.

Barbra Wall, of Yeo Close, fell on wet paving in the town centre in December.

She was left with a broken nose, two black eyes and a one-inch-deep gash to her forehead.

Barbara had been for a coffee with friends in the Omelette Bar, in Meadow Street, and was walking near the Silica when the slippery ground caused her to lose her footing.

She said: “It was so rainy on that day, the ground was wet and it was lethal.

“I just slipped. I tried to save myself but fell straight on my face – my face took the full force of the fall.

“Two kind men managed to help me sit up, as I was just a dead weight on the ground.

“The blood was all over me, it was running all down my face and all over my coat.”

Community police officers were able to administer first aid on the scene before Barbara was rushed to hospital, where doctors discovered she had broken her nose.

She had to have the large cut to her forehead glued together and was also left with considerable facial bruising.

Barbara told the Mercury: “I have been in a lot of pain, and have lost a lot of sleep, but it is starting to get a bit better now.

“This is the first time I have ever fallen in my life, I was wearing sturdy walking shoes. I’m so lucky I did not break an arm, or a leg, it could have been much worse.

“I know at least three people who have fallen in that exact spot.”

A spokesman from North Somerset Council told the Mercury the issue is being investigated.

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