OAP’s agony after gatepost collapse

Hazel Clarke of Hucknall injured herself when a concrete pole collapsed and caused her to fall. nhud concrete pole ll-1
Hazel Clarke of Hucknall injured herself when a concrete pole collapsed and caused her to fall. nhud concrete pole ll-1

A Hucknall pensioner has been left in ‘agony’ after she was injured when a faulty gate post collapsed.

Hazel Clarke (76) leant against the gate post outside her home on Salterford Road on 20th April - a week after a neighbour reported it was loose to Ashfield Homes and a day before it was due to be inspected.

The post gave way and she fell, damaging her coccyx and neck. She said: “I leaned on it - the thing collapsed and I went with it. I am still in agony. It has affected my hip. I can sit and lie down but I can’t walk very far.”

Insult was added to injury when a representative from Ashfield Homes called to discuss the incident with her and asked: ‘Didn’t you know that the gate post was loose?’

Mrs Clarke said: “I told him - ‘Would I have leaned on it if I had known?’”
She described the housing association’s response as ‘terrible’, and added: “They don’t seem to be concerned about what has happened to me. I didn’t feel too bad at the time but later on I felt shocking. I was lucky the post didn’t catch me - it would have broken my hip.”