Roof feature flies off Dagenham new build and smashes into couple’s roof
PUBLISHED: 09:53 01 May 2013 | UPDATED: 09:53 01 May 2013
A Dagenham couple were shocked to discover a large metal roof feature from a neighbouring building had flown through the air and smashed into their property.
Teresa Holterman and Trevor Luscombe said the aluminium square, with an ornamental metal spike sticking out, become dislodged from the roof of a nearby newly built property in Panyers Garden on April 18, when it was particularly windy.
The feature caused around £1,300 worth of damage to the pair’s home in Ashbrook Road, but, according to Ms Holterman, the housing association responsible for the offending building, Circle 22, are not offering to cover the costs.
The 60-year-old and her partner had been out shopping when the accident happened.
“We came home and found our roof and conservatory had been badly damaged and initially thought it was just the wind,” Ms Holterman said. “But then we came across this huge aluminium thing and realised that’s what had caused it.
“It had obviously not been screwed on, just placed on top, and all it needed was a strong gust of wind to dislodge it.
“It’s lucky we weren’t in the garden at the time.
“You would not want to be hit by that thing.” It could have killed them, she added.
Ms Holterman said she called Circle 22, who said they would pick the feature up, but would not comment on compensation.
She added: “I said that it was their feature and obviously not screwed down, so they should cover the costs, but the person I spoke to wouldn’t answer my queries about it and since then no-one has been able to help.”
Neil Brown, managing director, of Circle 33, said: “We take matters of health and safety very seriously and are thoroughly investigating the matter.
“We have contacted Ms Holterman and will be visiting her today.
“We have also arranged for all necessary checks to be made on the roof of the building in question.”
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