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Pensioner Injured after Falling Through Shops Open Cellar Door

A cycling shop has been prosecuted after an elderly man fell through an open cellar door, at premises in Norwich.

The Norwich Evening News newspaper is reporting that Anthony Clarke, who is in his seventies, fell a distance of more than seven feet onto a solid concrete floor after falling through the cellar door at Pedal Revolutions store in Bethel Street, Norwich.

Mr. Clarke suffered numerous injuries in the fall, including a fractured pelvis, two broken ribs, two compressed vertebrae, and fractures to both of his shoulder blades.

Norwich Magistrates Court was told that Mr. Clarke was in the shop to talk to the staff about leaflet distribution but when he saw that the shop was busy decided to have a look around, so as not to interfere with the shops trade.

However, as he wandered around the shop he fell through the unguarded open door into the shops basement, which went against the shops own health and safety policy of always having someone stood at the door if it was open.

Pedal Revolution was fined £1,200 after a private prosecution was brought against them by Norwich City Council.

Since the accident the shop has changed its policy and does not open the cellar door when customers are present and when the door is open, brightly coloured warning signs are put in place.

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