Ipswich: Valerie, 71, is fuming after pothole fall

IPSWICH: A woman who suffered a nasty fall after tripping over a giant pothole today criticised the state of Ipswich’s roads.

Valerie Theobald left her home in Clapgate Lane last week and as she crossed the road her foot got stuck in a mini crater by the side of the pavement.

The 71-year-old toppled over and suffered minor bruises before being helped to her feet by kind-hearted people waiting at a nearby bus stop.

Mrs Theobald said: “I was crossing the road to go and post a letter. I had noticed the pothole before but totally forgot about it.

“I must have been looking straight ahead because before I knew it my foot had got stuck and I toppled over.

“I landed on my side with a bit of a thump. Thankfully a handful of people who were waiting at the bus stop across the road came over to help me.

“They helped me to get up and checked I was alright. I felt OK but a little shaken up by what had happened. Luckily, I only had a couple of minor bruises.”

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Since her accident Mrs Theobald has given her backing to The Evening Star’s Spot the Pot campaign which aims to help rid Ipswich of its potholes.

We’re compiling a list of the mini craters which we will hand to Suffolk County Council after winter has ended.

Mrs Theobald added: “The pothole that I tripped over came up to my ankle – it’s enormous and something needs to be done about it.

“There’s an awful lot of them about nowadays and they pose a real danger to pedestrians and motorists.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a more serious accident as a result of a pothole very soon.”

n If you spot a pothole on your travels around town, give us a call or send us an e-mail to tell us where the hole is located – if possible with a postcode. Or send us your own pictures. Call our newsdesk on 01473 324788 or send an e-mail to starnews@evening star.co.uk.

n Potholes can be reported to Suffolk County Council on 0845 606 6171.