Manhole cordoned off after dog walker falls down it

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A “dangerous” manhole has been coned off after a dog walker fell down on it while out for a stroll.

Lisa Bull was walking her Collie Crossbreed Storm around Dosthill, Tamworth, at about 5.30pm on Saturday, October 17 when she stepped on the manhole cover.

To her horror it gave way and she slipped in, causing cuts and bruises to her leg.

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She called the police and posted a warning on social media, saying: “Please be wary. At the top of Wigford Road by the fields is a manhole cover not properly in place.

“I fell down it Saturday night and have scraped all up my leg. Police have put cones around it for now.”

Lisa told BirminghamLive: “I took my dog for a walk on Saturday afternoon. It was just starting to get dark but there was still some light so I could see.

“We had walked for an hour all around Dosthill and it was totally fine, we had gone past the church, the park and the broom and nothing went wrong. It was only when I was coming home across the grass verge outside the field.

“Thankfully my dog walked around the manhole cover. I had walked over it so many times in the past and it never moved so I stepped in but it gave way beneath my foot. One foot went down into the hole and the cover turned upright.

“I wasn’t 100 per cent sure what was going on until my hand hit the ground. It was definitely a shock to the system and not something I expected to happen.

“It’s very dangerous considering the amount of people who walk past it with dogs. I’m just glad it was me and not my dog who walked over it. My dog is 17 now so I would hate to think what would have happened if it was her who fell down there.

“I let go of the lead for a second in shock but thankfully managed to grab it back again.

“I scraped all the front of my calf going down and as I pulled my leg up I scraped the back of my calf against the manhole cover. My leggings and hands were covered in dirt.

“I’ve got a few scrapes through the leggings and a bruise and a cut on my knee. I reported it to the police and they’ve stood it upright and put some traffic cones around it.”

Staffordshire County Council said the manhole was maintained by Severn Trent Water.

A Severn Trent spokesperson said: “We’re really sorry to hear about the lady who was hurt due to a broken cover over the weekend.

“We were first made aware of this today (Monday), so will be sending one of our engineers out urgently to inspect.

“If it is one of our manhole covers, it will be our absolute priority to make the area safe, and to make sure it’s fixed as quickly as possible.”





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