Girl suf­fers bad cut af­ter crash­ing into street sign

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kentish Express Time Capsule - By Ai­dan Bar­low

A six-year-old girl has been left trau­ma­tised af­ter suf­fer­ing this hor­rific cut to her hand af­ter crash­ing into a dam­aged street sign while rid­ing her bike.

An­nie Grant was left with this wound fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent when she was rid­ing with her mother Jen­nifer at the junction of Can­ter­bury Road and Fairview Drive in South Willes­bor­ough on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 3.

Mum-of-three Jen­nifer says An­nie has been too scared to get back on her bi­cy­cle and has been left with a scar for life.

She said: “I was rid­ing ahead of An­nie with my baby when I heard the crash be­hind me.

“Then I re­alised there was a big hole in her hand. It was hor­ri­ble. There was blood ev­ery­where and the skin was flap­ping open.

“It was quite trau­matic for her, she was in shock. I was think­ing ‘what do I do?’ Luck­ily an el­derly man walk­ing nearby helped us get home and we went to the hos­pi­tal.

“The sign is sort of in the mid­dle of the path with a grass verge be­hind it, so there is a temp­ta­tion to cy­cle around it both ways as it isn’t up against the fence. I think it should be put out of the way.”

Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil spokesman Mark James said it ap­pears that some­one had cut into the sign and left an ex­posed piece of me­tal.

He said: “The dam­age has caused this very un­for­tu­nate, one-off ac­ci­dent to Mrs Grant’s daugh­ter.

“We are very grate­ful to her for alert­ing us to this and for her rea­son­able man­ner when do­ing so.

“She con­tacted us to en­sure that this could not hap­pen again to any­one else.

“We can con­firm the sign has been re­moved. It will be re­placed in due course with a new style of de­sign that has a smooth strip that sur­rounds the sign edg­ing.

“It is of course very dis­ap­point­ing that the dam­age to the sign has caused the fam­ily this dis­tress, and we urge ev­ery­one to re­spect street signs around the bor­ough.”

Mrs Grant said she was glad the sign had been re­paired so quickly.

She added: “It’s just one of those things. It was an ac­ci­dent and it could have been worse, she could have lost a fin­ger.” The deep cut suf­fered by six-year-old An­nie Grant. Inset, she cut her hand on this piece of sharp me­tal on a street sign in South Willes­bor­ough

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