Fury over horror fall onto Welwyn Garden City railing

PUBLISHED: 11:56 15 May 2015 | UPDATED: 11:56 15 May 2015

Charlie Dickinson suffered a severed artery

Charlie Dickinson suffered a severed artery


A Welwyn Garden City woman whose brother suffered a horrific facial wound in a street fall blames the borough council, and is prepared to sue it.

Charlie McMahon suffered a very serious wound falling against this metal bracketCharlie McMahon suffered a very serious wound falling against this metal bracket

Kath McMahon’s brother Charlie stumbled in the pedstrianised Wigmores Nouth outside Sainsbury’s supermarket last month, and fell against a metal bracket on a flower planter.

She said: “His skull was completely exposed and the skin from his head was sat on his cheek. He is going to be scarred for life.”

At Stevenage’s Lister hospital, staff stitched up a severed artery, and Charlie’s wound needed 20 external stitches.

He has just arrived from Norway for a visit, and stumbled carrying heavy baggage.

Unfortunately he fell against a metal bracket, placed on a flower planter under a council scheme to deter skateboarders.

Kath, who lives in Great Sampsons Field, says the bracket’s sharp edge made the fall much more serious, but the council disagrees.

She said: “I can not stress enough how extremely dangerous those metal hinges are.

“It is quite clear his main injury was caused by the sharp edge of the bracket.”

Charlie, now recovering at his Norwegian home, said: “I could have lost an eye, had I hit the bracket slightly lower. I hope to draw attention to these lethal brackets in the hope that something will be done about them.”

A council spokesman told the Welwyn Hatfeld Times: “The council has great sympathy for the gentleman in question and hope he recovers fully from his injury. Given the ongoing correspondence regarding this unfortunate incident, at this stage it would not be appropriate for us to make any further comment.

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