Pensioner's fury over pavements

DAVID Thomas today hit out at the state of pavements in Ipswich after he was left bruised and shaken following a fall in Henley Road.The 66-year-old walks three miles every day from his home in Epsom Drive to Ipswich town centre.

DAVID Thomas today hit out at the state of pavements in Ipswich after he was left bruised and shaken following a fall in Henley Road.

The 66-year-old walks three miles every day from his home in Epsom Drive to Ipswich town centre.

But while on his way home Mr Thomas tripped on the jagged pavement where Henley Road meets Dales Road.

Mr Thomas fell on his side, suffering a black eye and cuts on his face and legs.


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Visible shaken, Mr Thomas was weeping as he described his fall. "I was walking along - there was no ice or snow on the pavement - when I suddenly became aware of flying through the air," he said. "My foot caught where a bit of the paving slab is considerably higher than the rest of the pavement."

Mr Thomas, a self-confessed fitness fanatic, used to go almost everywhere on foot, but now he is fearful doing so. "I am now nervous about going out on foot again," he said.

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Mr Thomas has tripped twice before on this stretch of paving. He has now called on Ipswich council to improve the state of the pavements after his fall which happened around 6.15pm on Tuesday.

He said: "All of the paving in that area is considerably bad and generally the pavements in Ipswich are very, very poor."

"I have noticed in various places that the bad part of the pavements have been sprayed with orange paint indicating that something needs to be done, but this area seems to have been overlooked," he added.

Ipswich council have said that they will now look the paving on Henley Road. A spokesman said: "Now that this incident has been reported to us, we will inspect the path and make any necessary repairs."

Anyone with any particular complaints should contact Ipswich Borough Council on 01473 432727.

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