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Cyclist issues warning to pedestrians as falling roof tile causes head injury

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 29, 2014

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AN injured Burton cyclist has issued a warning to pedestrians after being hit on the head by falling roof tiles.

Simon Stokes spoke after suffering a head injury while cycling along All Saints Road in Burton.

The 26-year-old was still suffering headaches two days after an incident that has damaged his cycling helmet to the extent where it is now unsafe to be used.

Mr Stokes, who was left dazed by the injury, said: "I'd warn all pedestrians and cyclists to be very careful when going down the road.

"It's impossible to know if more roof tiles will fall. It fell with such force I actually feel lucky to be alive.

"It's especially dangerous for pedestrians. I was quite lucky to be wearing a helmet at the time.

"I still have a banging headache and I have grazes all over my arms as the tile smashed into tiny fragments."

At the time of writing, Mr Stokes was awaiting advice from the 101 emergency line regarding his injury.

The incident occurred outside what appeared to be a disused and poorly maintained property in All Saints Road.

Mr Stokes said he hoped pedestrians and cyclists alike took heed of the warning and are extra vigilant when in the area.

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