Man (87) knocked unconscious after fall caused by dumped rubbish

BLACK AND BLUE -- Sid Allen suffered several injuries in the fall
BLACK AND BLUE -- Sid Allen suffered several injuries in the fall

A FRAGILE 87-year-old man was left “black and blue” after tripping on packaging materials he claims were discarded by council workers outside his home.

Sid Allen says the plastic was left in a courtyard area of Duchess Gardens, Bulwell for more than two weeks by contractors for Nottingham City Homes (NCH).

The widower was returning home from the nearby Coopers Arms pub at 10.30 pm when he suffered a nasty fall and was knocked unconscious.

When he eventually came round, he had to crawl on his hands and knees into his bungalow.

The next day, he had to be rushed to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham by ambulance for treatment to an eye injury.

He was left with bruising to his face, grazed knees and a badly-bruised left eye. The fall also inflamed long-term problems with his left shoulder.

“I don’t know how long I was knocked out for,” said Mr Allen, who lives alone after his wife of 56 years, Doris, died six years ago.

“I managed to get into the house but I was in a lot of pain. It has really left me shaken and I have still not got over it.

“It is disgusting. The rubbish should not have been left there. I think it was packaging from kitchen units because my neighbour was having a new kitchen fitted by the council.”

Mr Allen has lived at Duchess Gardens for 25 years and has one son, Jimmy (62), who lives in Hucknall. Mr Allen says he had had three pints of beer at the Coopers Arms on Bardney Drive before his fall but was not drunk.

“I have made a complaint but nothing has been done,” added Mr Allen, who worked as a miner for 46 years at pits including Bestwood and Linby.

“No-one has even bothered to come round and see me. Someone is responsible for this and it should be investigated.”

NCH is the management company that maintains Nottingham City Council’s housing stock.

Steve Hale, assistant director of asset management at NCH, said: “We are sorry to hear about Mr Allen’s accident. We don’t have a record of his complaint. But now it has been brought to our attention, we will be looking into this straight away.

“It is not acceptable for any rubbish to be left at a property, or in the local area, during or after works have been completed. We have sent out one of our officers to visit Mr Allen and assure him that we will be investigating.”