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Hole in road blamed for sprained knee

PUBLISHED: 17:27 01 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:36 03 March 2010

AN Ipswich woman has been left with a sprained knee after a mysterious hole appeared in the road.

Lesley Girling, of Raeburn Road was walking her children to school when she fell in to the hole on Sandy Hill Lane, just past Orwell Junior School.

AN Ipswich woman has been left with a sprained knee after a mysterious hole appeared in the road.

Lesley Girling, of Raeburn Road was walking her children to school when she fell in to the hole on Sandy Hill Lane, just past Orwell Junior School.

"I don't know how long it has been there but it certainly caused me some pain.

I take size eight shoes and my foot fitted right in to it so it was quite big and I got some pictures of my daughter in the hole as well.

I don't very often walk that way and I wasn't aware of the hole but I soon became aware of it and now my knee is really swollen up and sore," said Mrs Girling.

It is thought the hole may have appeared after rain made the surrounding ground very soft and was then dug up by rats. It is 210 millimetres deep and about a metre in width.

Mrs Girling met with an officer from Ipswich Borough Council to show them the hole, which could be a danger for school children on their journey to and from school.

"The officer I met agreed that they needed to take action quickly and assured me that it would be filled in immediately under an emergency order," she said.

Ipswich Borough Council have confirmed that the hole has now been filled in to prevent further problems and a spokeswoman from the council said: "We were made aware of the hole which has now been filled in and we would like to apologise for any inconvenience it may have caused."

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