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By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 30, 2014

  • 27/01/14 crater in asda carpark Bad pothole in Octagon / ASDA car park....Maisie Thompson / Julie Thompson..

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AN 80-year-old man was seriously injured after he was thrown from his bike when it hit a pothole in a supermarket car park.

Cyril Thompson’s daughter, Julie, has now hit out after her father suffered a punctured lung and broken rib at the car park next to Asda in Burton while cycling over the pothole, which was partially submerged under rainwater.

She said: “I won’t even insult my father by calling it a pothole, it was a crater.

“Because it was raining it just filled up with water to a considerable amount.

“I got a call from my mum who told me he had been catapulted from his bike, and landed on the floor with his bike on top of him.”

Mr Thompson, of Beech Street, Burton, was taken to hospital after going into shock, but his daughter took photos of the pothole. Now the management team at the shopping centre - which owns the car park - has had it filled it in and is currently investigating the incident.

Miss Thompson, 42, of The Lawns, Rolleston, said: “I saw that area afterwards and watched all the cars go over the crater, and the damage they must have been doing to their cars without even knowing it.

“What has happened to my father at the age of 80 should never happen to anyone.

“He was on oxygen. He has a punctured lung and a broken rib.

“I was mortified. The car park is in such a state. Dad is always on his bike. He is usually very active and fit man for his age.

“The Asda staff were great; they helped him.

“My mother hasn’t slept since and my nine-year-old son thinks his granddad is dying. There is such a knock-on effect for the family.”

Peter Hardingham, centre manager of The Octagon shopping centre, which owns the car park, said: “We can confirm that an incident occurred at The Octagon shopping centre, where a visitor sustained an injury.

“We take the safety and wellbeing of our visitors very seriously and are currently investigating further.”

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