A pensioner suffered serious personal injury, when she tripped over a hazardous pavement, which had been damaged by the roots of a tree.
The Richmond and Twickenham Times is reporting that the seventy two year old woman, who was on her way to visit her new born great grandchild, tripped on the path, which had been damaged by the roots of a nearby tree.
Paramedics were called to the scene on Ashburnham Road, in Ham, Greater London, and the woman was taken to the Kingston Hospital, where it was discovered that she had fractured her hip in the fall.
Ironically, local residents claim they had contacted Richmond Council just a few weeks before the accident, warning that wheelchair users and young mums with push-chairs were finding it difficult to manoeuvre around the tree, because of the condition of the pavement.
One local resident told the newspaper, that it seemed like the local council only act on hazardous pavements and paths when someone is seriously hurt, or they are sued for personal injury compensation.
A spokeswoman for the local authority apologised for the incident but stated that the council had no record of a complaint being made regarding Ashburnham Road.
She added that the pavement would be inspected however and any necessary repairs would be carried out.