Fall fracture victim calls for action over slippery weeds

Malcolm Templeton, of Castle View, Castletown, Sunderland, near to the spot in Castletown Dene where he fell and suffered a badly broken leg, earlier this year. Mr Templeton is also concerned about the dangerous state of the pavement in places throughout the dene
Malcolm Templeton, of Castle View, Castletown, Sunderland, near to the spot in Castletown Dene where he fell and suffered a badly broken leg, earlier this year. Mr Templeton is also concerned about the dangerous state of the pavement in places throughout the dene
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A man is calling for action over a path where he fell and broke his leg.

Malcolm Templeton has been left with fractures to both bones in his lower left leg following the tumble near his Castletown home when he slipped on weeds.

Obviously we wish Mr Templeton a speedy recovery from his injuries and will continue to monitor the situation in the area.

Councillor Michael Mordey

The 55-year-old has already undergone an operation and is due to have more surgery this month.

He says he has been told it could up to a year from when he fell in April before he can walk properly again.

He has asked a solicitor to establish whether a claim can be made against Sunderland City Council and says he has contacted the authority several times about the path from Castle View into Hylton Castle Dene.

Unemployed Malcolm said: “I’m stuck in the house most of the time and I’m not getting much help.

“There are cracks on the path and you have to duck to get by the trees and it’s overgrown.

“It’s been like that for years and nothing has been done about it.”

Councillor Michael Mordey, cabinet member for city services, said the council investigates any concerns raised about paths to look at what action can be taken.

He added: “Our officers have been out to the site again and inspected the footpath between Castle View and Craigavon Road, which is generally in good condition and without significant defects.

“They have also inspected adjoining pathways through nearby streets and grassed areas and found some localised areas which may require some minor attention.

“Obviously, we wish Mr Templeton a speedy recovery from his injuries and will continue to monitor the situation in the area.”