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Boy in roof plunge

PUBLISHED: 17:25 27 May 2008 | UPDATED: 10:12 11 August 2010

A YOUNG lad was seriously injured when he fell through a garage roof in an accident which could easily have been avoided, it is claimed. The garages in Chelmer Crescent, Thames View, have been in an unsafe condition for some time now, and residents have

A YOUNG lad was seriously injured when he fell through a garage roof in an accident which could easily have been avoided, it is claimed.

The garages in Chelmer Crescent, Thames View, have been in an unsafe condition for some time now, and residents have complained to the council about them.

The accident happened on Tuesday last week, when the 12-year-old schoolboy slipped while clambering on top of old sheds behind the houses.

He fell through the roof, breaking his wrist and suffering internal injuries.

Paramedics stabilised him at the scene, and he was taken to Queen's Hospital in Romford.

Arson and fly-tipping are just some of the problems these abandoned buildings attract; and neighbours believed it was just a matter of time before someone got hurt.

Lorraine Sullivan, 43, of Chelmer Crescent said: "I was the one that found the poor kid. I saw him up on the roof, and then minutes later I heard a thud and ran outside.

"He was bleeding and trying to crawl out the garage door, I could tell he was badly hurt.

"I can't help feeling that all this could have been avoided if this area was cleaned up. It isn't safe for children, there's broken glass and rubbish everywhere."

And Sharon Head, 42, of Chelmer Crescent said: "These garages are disgusting - a complete eyesore.

"I'm trying to do a council house exchange, and every time people come to view my home they just see the garages and leave.

"There have been fires started, and kids are always hanging around because there's nothing for them to do.

"Those roofs are asbestos as well, and that's dangerous for everyone when the kids are jumping all over them."

A council spokesman said: "Our sympathies are with the young man who injured himself and we recommend that parents speak to children about the dangers involved in climbing on buildings, garages and building sites."

"The Council is taking steps to address the issues in this area - we are removing all abandoned vehicles and fly-tips as soon as they are reported. We will also be installing a gate to restrict access to the site

"We ask residents to report any suspicious activity, especially on high and dangerous structures to the police, and any environmental problems to us on 020 8215 3000.


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