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Garden walk left Martin in a w-hole lot of trouble

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 21, 2014

  • HOLE PROBLEM . . . Martin Clifford takes a closer look at the hole in his garden, which he fell down after the ground just ‘disappeared from underneath him’.

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A DISABLED pensioner had the fright of his life when he was out for a stroll in his garden and fell down a sink hole.

Martin Clifford had to be rescued after ‘the ground just opened up’ in front of him in the back garden of his home in Rutland Close, Stapenhill.

The 72-year-old retired publican described the moment as a ‘frightful experience’.

He told the Mail: “I was walking down the garden and I just fell down a hole.

“I did not know that there was anything there and then the ground just opened up in front of me and down I went.

“I could not get out and somebody had to come and help me out after I called for them.

“It was such a frightful experience and something you do not know how bad it is until you experience it for yourself.”

The hole has now been cordoned off by workers from Trent and Dove , who own the property, and an investigation into what caused the hole to open up is now under way.

Mr Clifford added: “I have to say Trent and Dove were straight out and marked out where the hole was and put a cordon around it.

“They are now looking to find out what happened and see what needs to be done to repair the hole. I was not hurt that badly, apart from a little bit of back pain”

A spokesman from Trent and Dove said: “Following the appearance of a hole in the back garden of Rutland Close, we sent out one of our surveyors to ascertain the size and cause of the problem. As no cause was immediately obvious we are now conducting further investigation work with a number of agencies to establish one.

“We take the safety of our residents extremely seriously and, as an interim measure, have erected high visibility fencing around the hole while the investigation is ongoing.”

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