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Woman taken to Ipswich Hospital after fall on Cornhill

PUBLISHED: 14:04 30 May 2019 | UPDATED: 15:45 30 May 2019

Ambulance at the scene on the Cornhill  Picture: PAUL GEATER

Ambulance at the scene on the Cornhill Picture: PAUL GEATER

A woman has been taken to Ipswich Hospital by paramedics after falling down at the steps on the town's Cornhill.

Ambulance at the scene on the Cornhill  Picture: PAUL GEATERAmbulance at the scene on the Cornhill Picture: PAUL GEATER

Shoppers saw ambulance staff tending to an injured woman on the Cornhill in Ipswich town centre after the accident which happened as families with children were enjoying half-term fun at the new fountains.

The woman is believed to be a pensioner, and it is not known what caused her to fall - she ended up at the bottom of the steps in front of planters that were installed earlier this year after the tragic death of local pensioner John Stow.

Mr Stow, 83, who lived in the east of the town, died a day after being taken to hospital after suffering serious injuries after falling down the steps.

There is no word on how serious the woman's injuries are, but she was sitting up on the stretcher and talking to paramedics as was put into the ambulance.

A spokesman for the East of England ambulance service said she was taken to Ipswich Hospital for assessment and left in the care of hospital staff.

Ipswich Council commissioned an independent expert to carry out a report on safety in the wake of the accident. Mr Stow died after falling on the Cornhill.

He sustained serious head and facial injuries and was taken to hospital. Since his death, the council has installed planters and additional signs in an effort to make the area safer.

It is due to announce what safety measures it will introduce very soon - after meeting with Mr Stow's family to outline the plans.

The safety work is expected to be completed during the summer - but in the wake of January's accident officials were assured there was no need for immediate major works.

New planters have already been installed at the top of the steps - and are expected to become a permanent feature.

A spokesman for the borough council said: "Council staff and street rangers were immediately on hand to offer assistance and we wish the lady a speedy recovery."

Traders and customers on the town's market said they were saddened that there had been another accident on the Cornhill. One trader said her customers had said it was sometimes difficult to see the steps because they were the same colour as the level surface and it could be difficult to see where the step itself was sometimes.

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