Fly­ing bar­rier from works slams women and buggy

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A woman has been in­jured when a bar­rier from pave­ment works in the town cen­tre came loose and smashed into her head and shoul­der.

Jo Watts, of Ripon, was vis­it­ing Scar­bor­ough with her hus­band when a bar­rier from the works on Ver­non Road flew into her and a woman with a pushchair.

She said: “Thank­fully my hus­band and an­other man were he­roes and caught the bar­rier, stop­ping it from pin­ning me to the floor.”

Hav­ing left Scar­bor­ough to re­turn home, she was later taken to Har­ro­gate Dis­trict Hos­pi­tal and there is ev­i­dence of nerve dam­age, she says.

The in­ci­dent took place on Mon­day and with Storm Doris set to hit this week Mrs Watts wants to en­sure the bar­ri­ers are se­curely fit­ted.

Mrs Watts added: “If a gust of wind can cause that I dread to think what 50mph gales will cause. The bar­rier hit the woman with a pushchair too, it shows how vul­ner­a­ble th­ese peo­ple are.”

A North York­shire County Coun­cil spokesman said: “A full in­ves­ti­ga­tion is be­ing car­ried out and we are con­tin­u­ing to mon­i­tor the site to make sure that it is safe.’’

The work has also caused up­set and dis­rup­tion this week af­ter the en­trance to busi­ness in North Street was shut off due to the work.

Owner of Coastal Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Terry Bigsby said he found out he couldn’t get ac­cess to his premises when an em­ployee called. He said: “I’ve been do­ing this for 14 years and I’ve never seen any­thing like this, it’s a ghost town.”

A North York­shire County Coun­cil spokesman said: “Al­ter­na­tive ac­cess ar­range­ments were needed to­day to safely com­plete resur­fac­ing work and nor­mal ac­cess should be re­stored to­mor­row.’’

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