A paving stone trip has led to a woman taking legal action against her local council.
Dorothy Laybourn was out and about in Jarrow when the pavement accident happened in December. She was walking down Edinburgh Road when she tripped over a paving stone that was raised up above the level of the surface.
She fell to the floor after tripping on the stone, hitting her face on the ground outside the Londis shop on the road. She suffered facial injuries such as a burst lip, as well as smashing the glasses that she was wearing.
The Jarrow and Hebburn Gazette reports that the 60 year old Mrs Laybourn then reported the paving problem to South Tyneside Council. They reportedly responded that as the paving stone was only raised above the surface by 15mm, they did not view it as a problem and in need of repair.
The paper reports that Mrs Laybourn has now made a compensation claim against the council. A spokesperson for the authority confirmed to them that the matter is in the hands of their claim handlers.