Call for urgent fix of ‘dangerous kerb’ in Great Yarmouth after man falls and is left with head injuries

The kerb where a man tripped over in Regent Road, Great Yarmouth. Photo: George Ryan

The kerb where a man tripped over in Regent Road, Great Yarmouth. Photo: George Ryan - Credit: Archant

Calls have been made for the county council to urgently fix a 'dangerous kerb' after a man was left with head injuries after tripping.

The kerb where a man tripped over in Regent Road, Great Yarmouth. Photo: George Ryan

The kerb where a man tripped over in Regent Road, Great Yarmouth. Photo: George Ryan - Credit: Archant

The ambulance service were called on Tuesday morning to reports that a man in his 60s had fallen in Regent Road, Great Yarmouth on the pavement near Costa Coffee.

An ambulance crew was sent to treat the man for a head injury before he was taken him to James Paget Hospital for further care.

A passerby, who wishes to remain anonymous, reported the incident on the Fix My Street website, and said it was not the first time someone had tripped on the kerb.

She added: 'It is very hard to see for the elderly and partially-sighted in particular.


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'The man broke his glasses and suffered bleeding cuts to his nose, face and both hands.

'Two customers of Costa helped to staunch the bleeding and comfort the man, who remained in good spirits until the paramedics arrived.

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'A third customer took off her coat to cushion his head as he lay on the pavement.

'While they were waiting another older man tripped up the kerb but managed to save himself from hitting the pavement.

'The kerb has been reported dozens of times to the council, with them insisting there's nothing wrong with the kerb.

'Passersby remarked that people trip over in this spot 'all the time, they fall like flies.''

A spokesman for the county council said: 'We are sorry to hear about the incident on Tuesday.

'We always encourage residents to get in touch and report any issues they have found. We look into these on a case by case basis.

'The best way to report any highway problems is via our website, which captures all the information we need to investigate properly.'

Fix my street is a website used the world over to report problems in neighbourhoods to the relevant authorities.

The website has several other reports covering the Great Yarmouth area.

Since the beginning of the year a total of 19 issues have been reported, from broken street lights and overgrown shrubbery to untaxed cars on the road.

To report an incident go to: www.norfolk.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/roads/report-a-problem or www.fixmystreet.com

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